Four Blue Hawks named to 2016-17 NSAA Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team

Four Blue Hawks named to 2016-17 NSAA Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team

MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference basketball season officially open this weekend with four games scheduled for Friday evening.  The NSAA conference office announced Tuesday its women's basketball preseason All-Conference Team, with fifteen (15) players being listed. 

Dickinson State led all teams with four players nominated.

Ashley Bentz- Laub (JR, Elgin, ND), Taylor Henningsgard (SR, Buxton, ND), Megan Klein (SR, Killdeer, ND) and Lorna Shepherd (SR, Brisbane, Australia) are representing Dickinson State. 

Klein earned NSAA 1st Team All-Conference in 2015-16 while Shepherd was named NSAA 2nd Team All-Conference in 2015-16.

Jamestown (N.D.) is the coaches' preseason favorite to win the league title.  Six players were selected to All-Conference last year, including BreeAna Olson of Dakota State (S.D.), Megan Klein and Lorna Shepherd of Dickinson State (N.D.), Kyra Dewald of Jamestown (N.D.), Andi Gayner of Mayville State (N.D.) and Georgia Williams of Valley City State (N.D.).

Williams is a two-time NSAA Women's Basketball All-Conference First Team recipient, while Gayner is a two-time NSAA Women's Basketball All-Conference Second Team recipient.

The North Star Athletic Association basketball schedule consists of 16 conference games with each team playing each other twice, one at home and one on the road.  The postseason conference tournament kicks off on Feb. 22, 2017.  The winner of the postseason tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa from March 8-14, 2017.

Below is a complete 2016-17 NSAA Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference team (schools listed alphabetically):

2016-17 North Star Athletic Association Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team

Name

Year

Height

Position

School

Hometown

Beth Walker

SR

5-9

Forward

Bellevue (Neb.)

Dubuque, Iowa

BreeAna Olson &

SR

5-8

Guard

Dakota State (S.D.)

Nunda, S.D.

Ashley Bentz- Laub

JR

5-9

Forward

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Elgin, N.D.

Taylor Henningsgard

SR

5-7

Guard

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Buxton, N.D.

Megan Klein #

SR

6-1

Center

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Killdeer, N.D.

Lorna Shepherd &

SR

5-9

Guard

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Brisbane, Australia

Kyra Dewald #

SR

5-5

Guard

Jamestown (N.D.)

Jamestown, N.D.

Bryn Woodside

JR

5-3

Guard

Jamestown (N.D.)

Albert Lea, Minn.

Andi Gayner & ^

JR

5-11

Forward

Mayville State (N.D.)

Dassel, Minn.

Macy Toelle

JR

5-8

Forward

Presentation (S.D.)

Sisseton, S.D.

Georgia Williams # %

SR

5-10

Guard

Valley City State (N.D.)

Townsville, Australia

Lexi Lennon

JR

5-8

Guard

Valley City State (N.D.)

West Fargo, N.D.

Alyssa Nilssen

FR

5-9

Forward

Viterbo (Wis.)

Wilson, Wis.

Samantha Birkes

SO

5-9

Guard

Waldorf (Iowa)

Sioux City, Iowa

Ameh Ogbemudia

SO

6-0

Center

Waldorf (Iowa)

St. Francis, Minn.

# 2015-16 NSAA Women's Basketball All-Conference First Team
& 2015-16 NSAA Women's Basketball All-Conference Second Team
% 2014-15 NSAA Women's Basketball All-Conference First Team
^ 2014-15 NSAA Women's Basketball All-Conference Second Team


Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director