DICKINSON, ND-Head Coach Liz Lewis is proud to announce this year's recruiting class. "I am looking forward to this upcoming season and coaching this year's team. Last year seven seniors graduated from the Blue Hawks and only three will be returning. We will struggle with experience; however, I believe we have the toughness and grit it will take to be successful. I am very pleased with this year's recruiting class."
Natalee Hafer 5'7 G Rapid City, SD
Natalee was a four-year letter winner in high school for both golf and basketball. She is currently golfing for Dickinson State University and will now join the women's basketball team. In high school, Natalee shot 29% from the 3-point line and 38% from the field. She was also sixth in the state for assists. Natalee was an Academic Letter Winner and a member of the FFA. At DSU Natalee will study Physical Education and Coaching.
Hafer on choosing Dickinson State University:
"I chose Dickinson State University originally for the opportunity to play college golf and to get my teaching degree. And now I am very excited to have the opportunity to also be part of the Basketball team."
Madison Jo Hansen 5'10 F Broadus, MT
Madison was a great athlete for Powder River County District High School. She lettered in basketball and volleyball for four years, and lettered in golf and track for one. She has received athletic honors including best defensive player, basketball MVP, best serving percentage, KATL Athlete of the Week and most improved for golf. She led her team to multiple district and divisional appearances during her high school stint. At DSU Madison will major in Exercise Science.
Hansen on choosing Dickinson State University:
"I have been going to Dickinson State University ever sense I was little. First as a fan, then as a summer camp participant. My dad and uncle are past Blue Hawk basketball players and my sister, Brenna just finished her volleyball career this past season. I have always wanted to be a Blue Hawk and am very fortunate to participate in the basketball program."
Riley Helmick 5'6 G Ontario, OR
Riley is a transfer from Treasure Valley Community College where she was a standout basketball player. Her Freshman year she was named All-East Honorable Mention. Her sophomore year she was a member of the All-East Region 2nd Team and a member of the All-Conference All-Star Team. She also set the record for most three pointers in a single season (85) and broke the school record for most three pointers in a career (143). Riley averaged 12.3 ppg, 83% from the free throw line, while shooting 34% from the 3. While at DSU, Riley will major in Exercise Science and compete for the golf team.
Helmick on choosing Dickinson State University:
"I chose Dickinson State because everyone was so nice when I came on my visit. I loved the town, and I loved how campus felt like home. I was also lucky to have the chance to play both basketball and golf at DSU!"
Chelsey Borden 5'5 PG Cincinnati, OH
Chelsey is a transfer from Sam Houston University. Before Sam Houston, Chelsey played for Coach Lewis at Miles Community College. While at Miles CC, Chelsey averaged 10.9 ppg and shot 35% from the 3-point line. She also graduated with a degree in business and her team finished fourth in the nation with a team GPA of 3.48. She will study business administration while attending DSU.
Borden on choosing Dickinson State University:
"I played for Coach Lewis and Coach Rayback at MCC, and when I got a call to do it again, there was no way I could miss the opportunity. "
Jennifer Burnham 5'7 G West Valley City, UT
Jenn graduated from Hunter High School and then played one year at Miles Community College. While in high school, Jenn played varsity basketball and softball for 4 years. She also played two years of varsity volleyball. At MCC, Jenn was a starter and averaged 9.1 ppg. She is also a member of the 16-17 Region IX Academic Team. Jenn would like to study Science while attending DSU.
Burnham on choosing Dickinson State University:
"I chose Dickinson State because of the women's basketball coaches."
Rojin Karahan 5'10 F Istanbul, Turkey
While in Turkey Rojin averaged 16 ppg, 9 rpg and 5 asst. She was a member of the second and third team in the Turkey Championship Tournament. Since then she has played two years at Casper College under current coach Dwight Gunnare. At Casper Rojin played in 19 games and averaged 5 ppg and 5 rpg. Casper College competes in Region IX where Rojin played against Coach Lewis. Rojin will be pursuing a degree in Exercise Science at DSU.
Karahan on choosing Dickinson State University:
"I knew the coaches before I was trying to come to the United States, so I thought it would be an easy transition for me, and Dickinson State University is a really good university."
Isidora Tasovic 5'6 PG Kragujevac, Serbia
Dora Tasovic played one year of high school basketball in the United State while attending Seacrest County Day School in Florida. She then played one season for Coach Lewis at Miles Community College. At Miles, Dora was the point guard and floor leader. She averaged 3 ppg and 3 asst. Dora is a member of the 16-17 Region IX Academic Team.
Tasovic on choosing Dickinson State University:
"I chose DSU because they gave me an opportunity to study and play basketball at a higher level."