Women's basketball: Willmar's Henrickson to join Northern Sun Hall of Fame
ST. CLOUD -- Former Willmar Cardinal three-sport athlete, St. Cloud State University women's basketball player and current University of Kansas women's basketball head coach Bonnie Henrickson will be inducted into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) on July 11 in a ceremony at the St. Cloud Best Western Kelly Inn.
Henrickson graduated from Willmar High School in 1981, the first in the school to score 1,000 points in girls basketball. She was also MVP in volleyball and girls track, winning the Class AA discus throw as a senior.
She was a standout on the St. Cloud State women's basketball team from 1981 to 1985. Three times during her career she was named to the All-Northern Sun Conference (NSC) Team.
Henrickson finished her career ranked second on the all-time scoring and rebounding charts with 1,731 career points (she now ranks sixth) and 995 rebounds (she now ranks fourth). She had a career average of 14.2 points per game and 8.1 rebounds.
During her career, Henrickson held single game records for most free throw, best free throw percentage and best field goal percentage. She held season records for most free throws, most consecutive free throws and most rebounds. She is the career record holder for most games played at 122.
She continues to hold the single game record for best free throw percentage of 100 percent as she made 15 of 15 free throw attempts in a game against Augustana College in 1984, and ranks in the top 10 at SCSU in eight career categories.
The Huskies won three straight Northern Sun Conference titles in 1982, 1983 and 1984 and advanced to national tournaments in each of the four seasons that Henrickson
was a team member.
The Huskies advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 1983, 1984 and 1985. The 1982-83 team still holds the school record for most wins with 31 and the 1983-84 squad holds the mark for fewest losses with three.
During her four-year career the Huskies posted a 97-25 record. Henrickson was inducted into the St. Cloud State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
Henrickson began her coaching career as a student assistant for the Huskies. She then earned her master's degree in physical education in 1988 from Western Illinois University while serving as a graduate assistant coach. She became an assistant coach at Virginia Tech and the University of Iowa before becoming the head coach at Tech from 1997-2004.
In 2004 she took over as the head coach at the University of Kansas and turned around a struggling program that has advanced to postseason play for the fifth-straight season in 2011-12.
She is also a member of the Cardinal Pride HOF and the West Central Tribune HOF.
The NSIC Hall of Fame class of 2012 includes: Don Niskanen, Bemidji State University; Ronald McClure, University of Minnesota Duluth; Fred Dahnke Minnesota State University Moorhead; Eric Kline, Northern State University; Sam Leggett, Southwest Minnesota State University; Brady Borner, Wayne State College and David Meisner, Winona State University.
A history of each inductee will be kept in the league office and each institution will prominently display the plaques of their respective NSIC Hall of Fame inductees.
Tickets for the banquet can be purchased at www.NorthernSun.org and reservations are due by July 1.
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