Terwilliger headed to Northern State

Terwilliger headed to Northern State

APR 4, 2019

By:  DANA BECKER, The Messenger Sports Reporter



Avery Terwilliger will be moving on from Iowa Central and head women's basketball coach Kelly Kruger after two seasons.

But she won't be leaving the Kruger family entirely.

Terwilliger, a former multi-sport all-stater at Humboldt, committed to the Northern State University women's basketball program on Wednesday. An assistant coach for the Wolves is Kelsie Kruger — Kelly's daughter.

A two-year regular for the Tritons, Terwilliger finished this past season averaging 11 points per game and shooting 40 percent from the field. She also knocked down 40 percent of her 3-point attempts and was an 82-percent shooter from the free throw line.

"I took an overnight visit to Northern and got to experience everything from weights to individual skill workouts to team workouts," Terwilliger said. "I wanted to go somewhere that I felt I would have the opportunity to go in and make an impact right away. I really like the coaching staff and the way they do things.

"I know they will expect a lot out of me and constantly push me to get better day in and day out, just as Coach Kruger did here at Iowa Central."

The 5-foot-10 guard finished her Iowa Central career with 419 points, 200 rebounds and 124 assists. She scored in double figures 18 times this year, including a career-high 22 in a win over Ellsworth when she knocked down seven triples.

Terwilliger also had 15 games with at least five rebounds this past season.

"I'm just thankful to have the opportunity to continue doing what I love to do," she said. "I'm excited to get to work with a new group of girls and to create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime."

Terwilliger also made official visits to Northwest Missouri State and Northern State.

Northern State is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and competes at the NCAA Div. II level. They went 10-19 this past season, but have reached the NCAA Playoffs eight times, including to end the 2017-18 campaign, and won national championships in 1992 and '94.

Paula Krueger, the NSU head coach, recently completed her first season in that role. She is a former Wolve player who was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 2005 and served as an assistant under Curt Fredrickson.

The school is located in Aberdeen, S.D.