The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball program announced the addition of Natalie Mikrot (G, 5-6, Willow River, Minn./Willow River H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Mikrot joins Janie Tormanen (F/C, 6-0, Menahga, Minn./Menahga H.S.) as signees for the Golden Eagles.
“Natalie is a lights out shooter with great range,” said Head Coach Mike Roysland. “She has a very high basketball IQ and also displays a great passion to play the game. We are very excited to add Natalie to the Golden Eagle women’s basketball program.”
Mikrot continues Roysland and the Golden Eagle women’s basketball staff’s push to find the best players in the state and the region. She joins Tormanen to give the Golden Eagles two in-state recruits thus far, joining a roster boasting nine players from Minnesota. The Golden Eagles also currently have players from North Dakota (three), Michigan (one), and Wisconsin (one).
The Golden Eagles are entering the 2021-22 season with a strong nucleus of players back from last season. Minnesota Crookston returns seven players from the 2020-21 season who played more than ten minutes per game. Minnesota Crookston is led by a senior group featuring Kylie Post (G, Corcoran, Minn.), Mary Burke (F, Eveleth, Minn.), and Kylea Praska (G, Thief River Falls, Minn.). The Golden Eagles also return Bren Fox (R-Jr., F/C, Norwood Young America, Minn.), who is in her fourth year with the team. In addition, Jes Mertens (So., G, Devils Lake, N.D.) started as a freshman and earned All-NSIC Freshman and All-NSIC Defensive honors as a freshman. Additionally, Emma Carpenter (Jr., G, Eagan, Minn.), Mattea Vetsch (R-So., G, Devils Lake, N.D.), Haylee Wheeler (So., F, Lakeville, Minn.), Eden Golliher (So., F, Iron River, Mich.), and Veronica Schwartz (Jr., G/F, Parkers Prairie, Minn.) are all back from last year's squad.
Mikrot with Tormanen will help the Golden Eagles replace their strong senior class of Post, Burke, and Praska. She adds to the Golden Eagle backcourt, giving the team another strong shooter.
The student-athlete listed as having signed a National Letter of Intent or Offer of Admission to play women's basketball at the University of Minnesota Crookston have been verified by the Minnesota Crookston compliance office once they sign the National Letter of Intent or once the student-athlete has accepted an Offer of Admission for Minnesota Crookston.
Natalie Mikrot (G, 5-6, Willow River, Minn./Willow River H.S.)
Mikrot has competed for the Moose Lake-Willow River H.S. squad. She averaged 23.6 points per game as a junior and shot 45.8 percent from the field, 81.8 percent from the charity stripe, and 34.4 percent from beyond the arc. She had 41 points, including going 7-of-11 from beyond the arc against Crosby-Ironton H.S. Feb. 9, 2021. Mikrot notched 38 points, including shooting 10-of-16 from behind the three-point line in a win over Barnum H.S. Jan. 16, 2021. Mikrot averaged 3.0 assists per game as a junior, and 2.8 steals per tilt. She notched 3.5 rebounds per game. Mikrot was the 2020-21 Polar League All-Conference MVP as a junior. She was the 2019-20 Polar League All-Conference MVP. Mikrot was also named all-conference as a freshman and eighth grader. She also has competed in softball and volleyball for her high school. Mikrot is the all-time leading scorer for both boys and girls basketball at Moose Lake-Willow River H.S. with 1,848 career points.
She is the daughter of Mike and Connie Mikrot. She is undecided on her major at UMN Crookston.