Women's Basketball - Tue, Mar. 29, 2011

Story by Joe Brown - Marshall Independent - Website

DAWSON, Minn. - In her final season at Dawson-Boyd, senior guard Kendra Lindblad averaged 16.7 points per game, and led the Marshall area with 112 assists, helping the Blackjacks through a 12-11 record.

And starting next season, Lindblad will resume her basketball career, signing a letter of intent with Dakota State, an NAIA school in Madison, S.D.

A standout for Dawson-Boyd in volleyball and softball, Lindblad said she wanted to go with her heart and play basketball, her favorite sport.

"I mostly had NAIA schools looking at me," Lindblad said.  "Dakota State was pretty close to home, and it's not too big of a school."

In her Blackjack career on the court, Lindblad cracked the 1,000-point plateau during the teams' Section 3A-North first-round game against Renville County West.

Last season, the Trojans finished 6-21 overall and 2-12 in the Dakota Athletic Conference.  But starting next season, Dakota State will play as an independent, as conference opponents South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Black Hills State look to transition into Division II, and Minot State readies for its move to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

After visiting the campus and meeting with the Trojans' head coach Joe Reints, Lindblad was sold on attending Dakota State.

"Kendra is a great athlete with a lot of versatility," said Reints.  "She has good size and can play both guard positions.  She is a great 3-pointer shooter, but can also attack and get to the rim and finish.  She will be a great fit and I look forward to coaching her the next four years!"

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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