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Published December 05, 2013, 09:08 AM

Beyond the Game: Brooke Lemar provides answers for Bison women's basketball team

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The NDSU women's basketball team entered the year with plenty of question marks.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The NDSU women's basketball team entered the year with plenty of question marks.

The team was picked to finish last in the Summit League, and lost its 4 top scorers from a year ago.

But, one new addition is providing a huge spark.

In Tonight’s ‘beyond the ga’me Jody Norstedt introduces us to Bison point guard Brooke Lemar.

Brooke Lemar is determined to bring excitement back to Bison women's basketball.

Brooke Lemar/7 GP: 17.6 PPG, 5.4 APG: “I'm more of a hype person, so if a person does something good, I'm like, right there.”

Lemar has found her basketball home at NDSU, but it took some searching.

The 5-6 point guard spent 2 seasons with Southern Illinois, before asking for her release.

Oddly enough her decision of where to transfer came down to UND and NDSU.

Lemar: “It was kind of funny when the UND coaches came to pick me up from here. But, it was good having the visits back to back. So, I could get the feeling of each school.”

Carolyn Dehoff/NDSU Head Coach: “If it's the right fit then you fall right into that group and our kids sold her on just who they are.”

And Lemar was an easy sell to the coaches, Bison assistant Tom Goehle knew right away that she could be an impact player.

Tom Goehle/NDSU Assistant Coach: “Her ability to create for others really stood out to us. Whenever you can find someone who can create shots for themselves and for others. They're going to make you better.”

That's exactly what Lemar has done this season, after sitting out all of last year due to transfer rules.

The California native ranks 2nd in the Summit league in scoring and 1st in assists, while leading the Bison to back-to-back wins over the weekend.

Lemar: “I want to think to get my teammates involved first, just to get the ball flowing through me and getting comfortable.”

Miki Stephenson/NDSU Sr. Center: “She can create so much for all of our players. I mean, she's capable of getting her own shots off too. But, she just facilitates the floor so well.”

And if that continues, the Bison could be the surprise of the Summit League.