FAIRBANKS — Head coach Cody Bench wrapped up recruiting for the Alaska Nanooks women’s basketball team by having a pair of 6-foot-1 post players sign National Letters of Intent with the NCAA Division II program.
Daron Mainville, a center from Barnum High School in Barnum, Minnesota, and Stephanie Toumson, a forward from College of Southern Idaho and a native of Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, are the last of five recruits for the upcoming season.
Bench, in a University of Alaska Fairbanks press release on Tuesday, said Mainville and Toumson will be great compliments in the post to 5-11 sophomore forward Jordan Wilson, last season’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year.
“Daron and Stephanie have the size and strength we have been lacking inside,” Bench said. “With the addition of these ladies, we will have a very deep and balanced team.”
Mainville was a Minnesota State High School League All-State Honorable Mention selection this past season after helping Barnum to a runner-up finish in the Section 7AA tournament.
The three-year Barnum captain and three-time All-Polar League Conference selection led the Bombers to the 2010 state championship and 32-1 record during her freshman year. She was part of Section 5A runner-up squads as a sophomore and junior.
Mainville produced more than 1,500 points for her career, incuding a single-game, career-high 36 points. As a senior, she averaged 17.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.
She was named to several all-star games as a senior, including the Border Battle, Polar League Conference All-Star Game and the Coca-Cola All-Star Game.
“Daron is an exciting addition to the program,’’ Bench said. “She is young yet has so much knowledge about post play. As she adjusts to our systems, speed and tempo, I think she can really be a true force down low for us.”
Mainville also was the Bombers volleyball team’s most valuable player as a senior after leading the squad in kills. She was treasurer of Barnum’s Key Club for four years and a tutor for two years with the Key to Success Tutoring program.
Toumson played in 31 games with 17 starts last season for the College of Southern Idaho, averaging 4.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. She recorded 11 blocks and three double-figure scoring games and collected 10 rebounds in two games each.
She averaged 1.3 points and 1.0 rebounds as a freshman for the Golden Eagles.
Toumson played with Southern Idaho’s two Region 18 championship teams and advanced to the National Junior College Tournament during her career. She helped the Golden Eagles go 50-16 in both seasons, including 29-4 last season.
“Stephanie is very athletic and has developed so much in her two seasons at CSI,’’ Bench said. “She has a great deal of potential yet to be unleashed. She is super fast, has long arms and finishes well around the basket.”
Guadeloupe is an overseas region of France and is located in the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands. Toumson, a general studies major, is from Guadelope’s capital.
The Nanooks’ other recruits were guards Victoria Elleby, from Seattle, and Arinesha Smith, from SeaTac, Washington, and post player Heather Heild from Gilbert, Arizona.
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