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Women’s Basketball

Kielpinski joins women’s hoops

The women’s basketball season just started and the team is already preparing for next year.

Seawolf head coach Jody Hensen announced Nov. 17 that North Dakota native Rebecca Kielpinski has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Seawolves. Kielpinski is a 6-2 center in her senior year at Mandan High School.

She averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds in her junior season when she was a first-team All-State Selection and led the Braves to North Dakota Class A state championship for the second straight year. In the state tournament, she shot a scorching 75 percent from the floor and averaged 16.3 points per game.

Last summer, Kielpinski played for the Prairie Shooters selects team in the Dakota Showcase tournament. Kielpinski was the leading scorer on the team after averaging 20 points in six games to lead the Shooters to a second-place finish out of 16 teams.

Hensen said Kielpinski is skilled in the low post and equally talented on defense and offense. She ended up choosing UAA over several other big Division II programs including Nebraska-Omaha, Augustana and 5-time national champions North Dakota State.

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Molle, Beagle are newest Seawolves

The newest influx of players into the hockey program are bringing some Seawolf tradition along for the ride.

UAA head coach John Hill announced Nov. 19 that two players, defenseman Dustin Molle and forward Jay Beagle, have signed national letters of intent to play for the Seawolves next season.

Molle, 20, is an Anchorage native and a former Service High School Cougar. Molle’s father, Tim, was a Seawolf from 1981-84 and is one of only four UAA players to ever receive All-American honors. When Molle skates next year, it will be the first time in UAA history that a father and son have both sported the green and gold on the ice.

As a player, Molle is in his third season with the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League. Waterloo won the Clark Cup as league champions last season. The 6-2, 212-pounder leads the team in penalty minutes and averaged three assists in 21 games.

The 6-3, 200-pound Beagle currently has 16 goals and 22 assists for a total of 38 points this season for the Calgary Royals of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He stands second in the league in power play goals with 12. Last season in 58 games, the 19-year-old compiled a 10-27-37 scoring line with 100 penalty minutes.