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Noordmans intends to play for Cougars

University of Minnesota, Morris head women's basketball coach Tm Grove has announced that six Minnesotans have announced their intentions to enroll at UMM and play basketball for the Cougars beginning with the 2008 season. Among them is former Hancock Owl Jennifer Noordmans from Hancock.

Jennifer Noordmans

Noordmans accumulated many honors throughout her high school basketball career. She was named to the Class A All-State team as a senior and was the Pheasant Conference Most Valuable Player. She is a 1,000-point scorer and a three-time all-conference selection. Her Hancock Owls also placed second in the state in 2007.

"There isn't much she can't do," Grove said. "She's very versatile and can shoot the three well and puts the ball on the floor. Jenni was very well coached in high school and will do a great job for us here at UMM."

She is the daughter of Dale and Betty Noordmans of Hancock and plans to pursue a degree in Sports Management.

Mackenzie Esson

After playing for the Austin Packers through her sophomore year, Mackenzie transferred to New Ulm. For Austin, she was a two-year letter winner as well as voted Defensive Player of the Year. At New Ulm, she was voted Most Valuable Player her senior season and received South Central Conference All-Conference. She averaged 11.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game last year.

"Mackenzie has the potential to develop into a very good player," Grove said. "Her footwork is very good and she defends the post very well. We are happy to have her here at UMM."

She is the daughter of Jim and Shari Esson and will pursue a degree in Biology.

Natalie Thomas

An outstanding volleyball player, Natalie will be playing volleyball for Coach Heather Pennie and the UMM Cougars this fall. She is a floor general, able to run the show on both the volleyball and basketball courts.

Natalie is an outstanding athlete and will be a welcomed addition to the UMM basketball program.

"Natalie will make an impact for us on both ends of the court. She has tremendous athleticism and we look forward to having her at UMM."

She is the daughter of Stuart and Pam Thomas and is planning on majoring in Education.

Kaila Lindsay

Kaila Lindsay comes to UMM from a very successful basketball program. Becker has had four consecutive 20-win seasons, and went all the way to a State Title in 2007. She was selected her senior year as the recipient of the Award for Most Heart. Also a Lacrosse player, her team finished third in the State in 2007 and participated in the 2008 State Tournament, as well.

"Kaila will do a great job for us. She has practiced with and against Division I talent her entire high school career, and that will certainly help her at this level."

She is the daughter of Paul and Gloria Lindsay.

Nikki Washek

Nikki Washek comes to UMM after playing the past two seasons at NDSCS for the Wildcats, earning First Team All Conference and All Region honors this season. She averaged 14 point per game and shot 33 percent from three-point range. Also a defensive player, Nikki won the team's defensive award her freshman season. She was All Conference, Honorable Mention All State, and a 1,000-point scorer at Battle Lake High School.

"We are so excited to have Nikki joining our program," Grove said. "She is a tremendous athlete and can impact a game on both ends of the floor. She will provide us with another legitimate scoring threat from three- point range."

She is the daughter of Jerald and Maureen Washek and will major in Sports Management.

Stephanie Roggenbuck

Stephanie Roggenbuck joins the UMM women's basketball program after one year with the Wildcats of NDSCS. As a freshman this past season, Stephanie averaged almost nine points per game on 58 percent shooting, and close to six rebounds per game. She was also an outstanding high school player at Osakis going over the 1,000-point plateau and earning All Conference honors.

Roggenbuck was Conference MVP, Osakis girls' all-time leading scorer with 1,664 pts, Honorable Mention All state, and averaged 22 ppg, 8.2 rpg. in high school.

"Stephanie will fit in very well here at UMM. She plays very well around the basket and has the ability to step out and knock down shots. She will certainly help solidify the interior on both ends of the floor."

She is the daughter of Tim and Mary Roggenbuck and she is looking at a possible Management major.