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    Raven Cournoyer (Todd Co.) Inks with Jackets!

    SPEARFISH, S.D. - Black Hills State University head women's basketball coach, Mark Nore, has announced the signing of three additional student-athletes for the 2019-20 year.

    Raven Cournoyer

    Cournoyer is a 5-5 guard from Mission, South Dakota. She earned all-conference honors all four years at Todd County High School, and was the Lakota Nation MVP in 2018. Her senior year, she averaged 23.2 points per game, 6.0 assists per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, and 4.1 steals per game, and was named the Class A State Player of the Year as well as getting named as a Miss Basketball finalist. She helped lead her team to the State A Consolation Championship.

    "Raven is a tremendous, high character kid. We love the values she has and the spirit she brings with her to our team. She really values her teammates and values that winning spirit we look for when recruiting student-athletes," said coach Nore. "Raven is a very skilled guard that plays with incredible pace. She is someone that is hard for defenders to keep in front, she never seems to wear down and get tired. I love how fearless she is and how eager she is to get better. I think she is someone that can score at three levels which makes her a 'hard guard.' Defensively, I think Raven is a hound dog on the ball and will continue to grow and get better with this as she gets stronger. I am very excited about her decision to attend BHSU and play basketball. We want to welcome her to our team and family!"

    Raven is the daughter of Meredith and Denis Cournoyer. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and plans to major in exercise science.

    Kassandra Hoyer

    Hoyer, a 5-11 forward, is from Belt, Montana. She played at Sheridan Community College for the past two seasons, averaging 7.7 points per game and 4.5 assists per game her sophomore year. In her prep career at Belt High School, Hoyer was a part of three state championship teams, and was also a member of the volleyball team which also won a state championship.

    "Kassie is a tremendous kid and player. We needed someone like Kassie with the proper work ethic and passion for the game. The biggest attribute I noticed when evaluating Kassie's game is her love for the game. She is an undersized post player that can guard multiple positions because of her fearlessness and willingness to do whatever she is asked to do. She is a glue player, and absolute winner. I am very excited about Kassie's decision to play for us because of her enthusiasm and contagious mentality," said coach Nore. "The thing I know about Kassie is that she is going to bring grit and a no quit mentality to our team. She is a big time culture kid. I am very excited to coach her and see where her game can go."

    Kassandra is the daughter of Heather and Keith Hoyer. She was a Second Team Academic All-American at Sheridan College, and plans to major in math education with a minor in business at BHSU.

    Noora Parttimaa

    Parttimaa, a native of Loimaa, Finland, is a 5-10 guard. She comes from Sheridan College, where she averaged 11.1 ppg as a sophomore and was named to the All Region IX Team. She has played for Team Finland, and also won the Finnish Championship with her club team in 2017.

    "Noora is a very skilled player that can really shoot the basketball and possesses a high IQ for the game. We love the intensity she brings to the game, she doesn't take plays off. Noora has good size and strength and an urgency to her game. She is a very competitive player and also very unselfish which are two important traits we look for when recruiting," said coach Nore. "Noora has such a sweet spirit and is a very enjoyable young lady. She is a great addition to our team and our community. She has a chance to be a very good player in the RMAC. She is going to continue to grow as a person and player because of her willingness to get better. I am very excited to welcome Noora to our team and our BHSU family!"

    Noora is the daughter of Minna and Vesa Parttimaa and plans to major in mass communications.


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