Sunday, May 14, 2023 – 12:30 PM
Benedictine College women’s basketball is adding three transfers and four freshmen to the 2023-2024 team. Head Coach Chad Folsom and the Lady Ravens are excited to welcome transfers Lauryn Dubbert, Riley Rottinghaus, and Ianara Morbidoni, along with incoming freshmen Riley Bruggeman, Danielle Hehmann, Shae Lewis, and Nicole Storck.
“We are excited to be adding these seven great recruits to our Lady Raven family this upcoming season.,” Coach Folsom said. “They are all very good basketball players, strong students, and great people who will fit in very well here at Benedictine College. With these young ladies and our great group of returning players, the Benedictine College women’s basketball program is looking to get back to the top of the Heart of America Athletic Conference.”
Lauryn Dubbert is a 5’7″ guard who is transferring to Benedictine College from NCAA Division II Newman University, where she played the past two years. Lauryn, who is originally from Beloit, Kan., started all 28 games for Newman this past season while averaging 6.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. In high school, Lauryn helped to lead her St. John’s Catholic High School team to two state tournaments in 2018 and 2021. She was a four-year starter at St. John’s scoring over 1,500 points and earning 1st Team All-Conference and 1st Team All-State Honors all four years. In fact, Lauryn’s senior season she averaged 22.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 6.4 steals per game. Lauryn is also an excellent student who was Valedictorian of her senior class, a Governor’s Scholar, and a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to major in Business and Marketing while here at Benedictine College.
“Lauryn has the ability to knock down the outside shot, attack the basket, and hit the pull-up Jumper,” stated Head Coach Chad Folsom. “In addition, she is a tough defender and possesses strong leadership skills.”
Riley Rottinghaus is a 6’3″ post player who is also transferring to Benedictine College from NCAA Division II Newman University. Riley has spent the past two seasons with Newman and has been a part of the turn-around within their program the past two years. Riley, who is from Seneca, Kansas, played her high school basketball at Nemaha Central High School, where she helped lead her team to two trips to the state tournament. For her career, Riley scored 436 points, grabbed 258 rebounds, had 152 blocked shots, while shooting 56% from the floor and 72% from the free-throw line. In her senior year, Riley averaged 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game, while earning All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State Honors. Riley also excelled in the classroom and was named a Kansas Honors Scholar her senior year. She will be majoring in Finance here at Benedictine College.
“Riley possesses great height and athleticism and has the ability to alter shots around the rim,” according to Coach Chad Folsom. “She is an aggressive, physical post who has good touch around the basket and has the ability to hit the outside shot.”
Ianara Morbidoni is a junior college transfer coming to Benedictine College from North Central Missouri Community College in Trenton, Missouri. Ianara is a 5’11” forward from Argentina who will enjoy two seasons here at Benedictine College. This past season, she helped to lead her North Central Missouri CC team to a Region 16 Title, a 7th place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Championship, and a 26-7 overall record. During this season, Ianara averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. She made 75 three-point baskets this season while shooting 35.9% from the three-point arc. Ianara is planning to study Business and Marketing while at Benedictine College.
“Ianara is a great outside shooter and will be able to stretch the defense from the forward position,” stated Coach Chad Folsom. “She also can attack the basket and plays very hard on both ends of the floor.”
Riley Bruggeman is coming to Benedictine College from St. James Academy in Lenexa, Kansas. Riley, a 5’8″ guard, helped to lead her high school team to its first-ever third-place finish at the 5A State Tournament and a 19-6 overall record. She led her team in scoring averaging 19.8 points per game, to go along with 4.7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2.3 steals per game her senior season. Riley earned First Team All EKL Conference, First Team All-State in 5A, and was a finalist for the Sports in Kansas 5A Player of the Year. For her career, Riley scored 1,296 points, which is the most ever in St. James Academy history. Riley is also a very strong student and plans to major in Marketing here at Benedictine College.
“Riley is a very good outside shooter who can finish in traffic, and knock down the mid-range jumper,” according to Coach Chad Folsom. “She is also a strong passer who sees the floor very well.”
Danielle Hehmann is coming to Benedictine College all the way from Ypsilanti, Michigan. She is a 5’6″ guard who played her high school basketball at Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard High School in Michigan. Unfortunately, she battled injuries much of her senior year but finished the year averaging 6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals per game. Her team won the Detroit Catholic League Sectional Championship and were named an Academic All-State team. Danielle is a great student and was a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to major in Business while here at Benedictine College.
“Danielle attacks the basket well and can hit the outside shot,” stated Coach Chad Folsom. “She is a smart player that makes good decisions with the ball.”
Shae Lewis is coming to Benedictine College from Bishop LeBlond High School in St. Joseph, Missouri. She is a 5’9″ guard who helped to lead her LeBlond H.S. team to a second-place finish at the 2A State Tournament and an overall record of 28-4. During her senior year, Shae averaged 11.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. She was named First Team All-Conference, First Team All-City, First Team All-District, and First Team All-State. For her career, Shae scored 1,073 points, grabbed 561 rebounds, and dished out 219 assists while at LeBLond High School. She also performed well in the classroom and was a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to major in Biology here at Benedictine College.
“Shae is a tall, athletic guard with a quick release,” according to Coach Chad Folsom. “She also possesses a nice mid-range game, as well as the ability to get to the rim.”
Nicole Storck is coming to Benedictine College from Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School in Adel, Iowa. She is a 5’11” forward who led her team in scoring and rebounding this past season. Nicole averaged 15.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 2.5 steals per game her senior year and earned First Team All-Conference, All-Region, All-District, and Third Team All-State Honors. For her high school career, Nicole scored 1,094 points and grabbed 665 rebounds, which set her school’s career record for rebounds. Nicole is an excellent student and is a member of the National Honor Society. While at Benedictine College, she plans to major in Exercise Science.
“Nicole is a versatile forward who can play inside and outside,” stated Coach Chad Folsom. “She is an extremely hard worker and a determined defender who knows how to rebound.”
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