Head Coach Curt Fredrickson announces four early commits for the 2014-15 season for the Northern State women's basketball team. Miranda Ristau of Warner, S.D., Jill Conrad of Lino Lakes, Minn., Gabby Laimer of Monticello, Minn. and Brooke Berger of Spring Park, Minn., all signed their National Letters of Intent Wednesday with the Wolves.
Ristau is an all-state, 6-foot-2 post who was an outstanding basketball and volleyball athlete for the Warner Monarchs. As a 60 percent field-goal shooter, she averaged 12 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block per game as a junior. Last year she helped lead her team to the state tournament in both volleyball and basketball. Ristau was also named all-conference her sophomore and junior seasons and named to the all-tournament team as a junior.
Conrad is an all-conference 5-foot-11 forward who averaged 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists her junior year. Conrad played AAU ball for the Minnesota Stars and attends the same high school as current Northern student-athlete, Paige Waytashek. Conrad helped her team go 21-7 as a junior. She is also a three-year letter winner in volleyball.
Laimer is an all-conference, 5-foot-7 guard who averaged 12 point, four boards, three assists and two steals last season and was her team's Defensive MVP. Laimer also helped lead her team to the state semifinals last year in basketball. Laimer also broke her school's record for the most three-pointers made in a single season. She played AAU ball for the Minnesota Stars and is also a very good soccer player.
Berger is an all-around volleyball, basketball, and track all-conference athlete. A 5-foot-9 point guard, Berger has been a five-year varsity letter winner. Last season, she averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds, five assists and two steals as a junior. Berger played AAU ball with the Minnesota Fury Gold team.
Coach Fredrickson commented, "In this recruiting class we have two solid inside players that both play on excellent high school teams and two point guards that will really help us at that position in the future. We are excited to have them in our program."