Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. – Troy Mattson, the head women’s basketball coach at Northern Michigan University, announces the following have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend NMU and play basketball for the Wildcats beginning in the fall. The three who recently signed join the three who signed during the early signing period. 
Signing in the fall were Katie Becker (5-10, G) from Romeo, Mich. (Romeo High School), Brooke Coenen (6-1, P) who hails from Pulaski, Wis. (Pulaski High School) and Annie Rubendunst (6-0, G/F) from Carmel, Ind. (Carmel High School).   Two transfers and a high school senior signed during the spring signing period. Both of the transfers come from UW-Green Bay as they are Staci Beckel and Chelsea Lyons. Signing from the high school ranks was Kelsey Campbell.
Beckel (6-1, F) originally from Waseca, Minn. appeared in 32 games during her UW-Green Bay career.   During her high school career at Waseca High School she averaged 12.7 points and eight rebounds a game.   Beckel was a three-time all-conference (South Central) and all-area selection. As a senior, Beckel was an honorable mention all-state pick. Beckel was also a two-time all-state selection in track and field as she qualified in the long jump and was a fifth-place finisher in the 100-meter hurdles at the Minnesota State High School League Class AA Championships as a senior. “Staci adds great length and athleticism to our team. She has experience playing at the NCAA Division I level and will be an immediate contributor to our program,” said Mattson.
Lyons (5-9, G) was a member of the UW-Green Bay women’s soccer team where she was a three-time selection to the Horizon League postseason team as she was a walk-on to the women’s basketball team. As a freshman in 2007 Lyons was selected to the all-newcomer team, for the 2008 season she was picked for the second team and received first team accolades for the 2009 season. The Coon Rapids, Minn. native (Coon Rapids High School) broke the school’s career scoring mark with 1,066 points. She is also the all-time leader in assists with 346. Lyons earned all-conference honors (Northwest Suburban) all four years of high school and was an all-state honoree as a senior. Lyons was a three-time MVP of her high school team. In soccer, Lyons was a first team all-state selection as a senior. “Chelsea is extremely athletic with a very good understanding of how to play the point guard position. With NCAA Division I experience she will be expected to contribute right away,” said Mattson.    
Campbell (5-9, G) from Olivet, Mich. (Olivet High School) averaged 13.2 points, 6.5 assists and 3.9 steals per game as a senior. Her team went 23-1 for the 2009-10 season as their only loss was in the regional semifinal in overtime to the eventual state champion (Flint Hamady).   Campbell garnered all-conference honors while being selected to the Lansing State Journal Team and was an honorable all-state selection. “Kelsey is an athletic point guard with a very good understanding of how to play the position. She will be a welcome addition to our team,” said Mattson.
An update on the early signees from the 2009-10 season. Becker averaged 13.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.    Coenen missed the season with a knee injury. Rubendunst recorded 9.0 points and 5.2 rebounds a game.
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