Minnesota State women’s basketball head coach Emilee Thiesse has announced that Kirstin Klitzke, Madalyn Olson, Emmaline Polson, Tayla Stuttley, and Brooke Tonsfeldt have signed letters of intent to join the Mavericks next fall.
All signings are contingent upon admission to Minnesota State and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
“We are excited to officially welcome Kirstin, Maddy, Emmaline, Tayla, and Brooke to our Maverick family,” Thiesse said.“We are adding five great student-athletes and five wonderful people. Their diverse skills compliment each other and our current team well. We are excited about the future of our program.”
A guard out of Montrose, Minn., Klitzke was a member of the Watertown Mayer High School girl’s basketball team that finished first in the Wright County Conference during her junior season. Klitzke appeared in 28 games and totaled 15 points per game with 5.3 rebounds per game and 4.1 assists per game. During her junior season, Klitzke was named to the Wright County All-Conference Team and All-Area Team as well as being the team’s captain.
“Kirstin has the ability to raise the level of play of those around her by her energy and leadership.” Thiesse said, “Her effort is contagious and she will fit perfectly in our system with her versatility and up-tempo style in the guard position.”
A guard from Rosemount, Minn., Olson was a member of the Rosemount High School girl’s basketball team that has made it to the sectional finals the past two seasons. During her junior campaign, Olson netted 20 points per game and is the RHS all-time assist leader. Additionally, she reached the 1,000 point plateau and was an All-State Honorable Mention selection as well being named the team captain.
“Maddy will be a huge asset to our back court,” Thiesse said. “She is a phenomenal play maker and has an outstanding knack for creating shots for herself and others. Her high basketball IQ along with her great skill set makes her a special player.”
A center out of Plainview, Minn., Polson was a member of the Plainview-Elgin-Millville High School girl’s basketball team that finished first in the Three Rivers Conference and won the 2016 2A state basketball championship. Polson posted 10.8 points per game while pulling down 7.5 rebounds per contest. She was named to the 2015-16 2A All-Tournament Team and was a Three Rivers Conference Honorable Mention selection.
“Emmaline gives us great size and length in our post position,” Thiesse said. “She has a great presence in and around the paint and her ability to rebound the ball is going to help us on both ends of the court. We really like what she will bring to our inside game. “
A forward from Onalaska,Wis., Stuttley was a member of the Onalaska High School girl’s basketball team that advanced to the 2016 State Semi-Finals. Stuttley averaged 18 points per game and hauled in 7.9 rebounds per contest. Additionally, Stuttley was named the Mississippi Valley Conference Player of the Year, All-Area Player of Year, WBCA First team All-State and first team All-Mississippi Valley Conference.
“Tayla is a multi-dimensional player that brings us an inside-outside presence,” said Thiesse. “She has a great post game, can score off the dribble, and has the ability to stretch the floor with her perimeter jumper. She will be a difficult match-up in our offense and we love what she brings to the court.”
A forward out of Moorhead, Minn., Tonesfeld has been a three-year varsity member of the Moorhead High School girl’s basketball team. During her junior campaign, Tonesfeldt appeared in 35 games and netted 14.2 points per game while shooting 40% from the field. She averaged 8.6 rebounds per game while also serving as the team captain during the 2015-16 season. Over her her four-year varsity volleyball career, Tonsfeldt has been a part of two consecutive state tournament appearances .
“Brooke is a high energy player and a great competitor,” Thiesse said. “She is a dynamic player that can play multiple positions and is very good at finding a way to score. Her grit and versatility will have a great impact in our program.”
The Mavericks will wrap up exhibition play hosting Hamline tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. Minnesota State will open the regular season at Taylor Center on Nov. 15 against Missouri Western State . Tip off is set for 6:00 p.m.