Bennett Adds Two to 2013-14 Roster

GO HUSKIES Kathi Bennett added size and scoring with the signings of Dumoulin and Kelty.
Kathi Bennett added size and scoring with the signings of Dumoulin and Kelty.

June 20, 2013

DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois University women's basketball program added forward Alex Dumoulin (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) and guard Caroline Kelty (River Forest, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) to the 2013-14 roster NIU head coach Kathi Bennett announced Thursday.

Dumoulin and Kelty join Jazmine Harris and Ally Lehman who signed National Letters of Intent in November.

Dumoulin, a National Junior College Athletic Association Division II first-team All-American, comes to Northern Illinois after a successful two-year career at Elgin Community College. The most celebrated player in ECC women's basketball history, the 5-10 forward was named the 2012-13 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Player of the Year after leading the Spartans to a 26-8 record, a 13-1 conference mark, the 2013 ISCC title and the school's first appearance in the 2013 NJCAA National Tournament.

"We are thrilled to have Alex become part of our family at NIU," Bennett said. "She is, in every sense of the word, a complete student-athlete. Her basketball skill is without question, but her leadership and character will make a powerful impact on our program.

"She fills a need for us inside with her ability to run the floor and her relentless work ethic and energy. We welcome Alex, her family and the entire Hampshire community to NIU."

A team co-captain, Dumoulin led the Spartans in scoring and rebounding, averaging 18.9 points and 11.4 boards a game in 2012-13 and her 642 points was second in NJCAA Division II. A two-time first team All-ISCC, she is the second player in ECC history to score 1,000 points in her career with 1,148 points in 66 games. A Region IV All-Tournament Team selection, Dumoulin also excelled in the classroom earning the NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement Award each of her two seasons at Elgin Community College.

During her career at Hampshire, Dumoulin reached the 1,000-point plateau and she was a unanimous all-conference and a Daily Herald All-Area team selection in 2010. She also garnered Northwest Herald All-Area Honorable mention accolades her senior year as well. Dumoulin graduated from Hampshire High School in 2011 second in her class of 224 students. She was a member of the National Honors Society as a junior and senior. She also played volleyball for the Whip-Purs.



In addition to excelling on the court, Dumoulin was just as successful off it. She was a member of the National Honors Society in 2009-11. She was also active in the community participating in the Hampshire Junior Farmers 4-H Club for seven years and has been active in her church, Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, for nine years as an alter server and a member of the junior choir for six years.

A three-year letterwinner at Oak-Park-River Forest, Kelty was a team captain and voted the Huskies' most valuable player as a senior. A member of OPRF's 1,000-point club, she averaged 18.9 points a game last year. Kelty scored a career-high 39 points against Hinsdale Central in the 2013 Regionals and topped the 30-point mark seven times during her high school career.

"Caroline's a unique player. She's got a little swag to her game," she said. "She passes the ball extremely well. If she get s her feet set, she's going to hit from the field. She scored a lot of points in high school and because she signed late, she wants to prove she belongs.

"Since she got here, she's been working really hard. I think she has a great future as a Huskie. She wants to be here and we're excited to have her and her family join us."

The 5-6 guard also tallied 9.5 rebounds per game during the 2012-13 season. She grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds on three separate occasions during her senior season. An all-state honorable mention by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Chicago Sun-Times, Pioneer Press and Champaign Gazette, Kelty was an all-conference selection in 2011-12 and 2012-13.


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