• Katie Ingerson

Women's basketball sports new additions

New women's basketball head coach Mark Graupe addresses the crowd at Late Night with Beaver Basketball last month.  Photo by Jerusalem Tukura

Minot State University’s women’s basketball season is fast approaching and there are a number of exciting new additions to the team. The team has a new head coach, Mark Graupe, who has 30 years of head coaching experience. He came to MSU after four years as the head women’s coach at Dickinson State University. In addition to Graupe, assistant coach Karen Senette is also joining the team.

“She was at a very successful Division II school in Chicago before. We’re Division II, and she knows what it takes to play. She knows the type of athlete to look for to be in a good Division II,” Graupe said of Senette.

The team has also added some new players this season including senior forward Holly Johnson. She has an impressive resume including playing at two Division I schools, and being named North Dakota’s Miss Basketball in 2012 as a high school senior.

“She played at North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota. She was the leading scorer at NDSU for two years. With her addition alone, it makes us instantly better,” Graupe said.

Madison Wald, a junior guard, hopes that the team can be more committed on and off the court and always give it their all in the upcoming season. She is also hoping to be a successful team leader and to be able to pull the team together.

“I’m just excited to see what we can do and how well we can do this year,” Wald said. “I think we’re definitely going to do better than last year, so that’s exciting. I can tell there’s a different energy in practice, so I am excited to see what that will bring.”

Coach Graupe enjoys working with the team and hopes the players enjoy their time on the team.

“They’re just good people, and I want to make sure that good things happen to good people. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that they have a great experience, not only with just wins, but just having fun,” Graupe said.

This season, the team wants to see a larger crowd at the games. The women’s team has generally drawn less of a crowd because they play during the early time slot before the men’s game.

“We don’t always get the most people because we’re first, but having a good atmosphere helps you play better and makes you want to play better. Support is good,” Wald said.

“What I would hope from MSU students is that they come out loud and make this a tough place to play — make this a place that teams don’t want to come to,” Graupe said. “Students can play a huge factor in making this a home-court advantage.”

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