Mounds View grad continues to shine at Bethel

The Bethel University women’s basketball team has had somewhat of a revival over the last two seasons and former Mounds View High School standout Rachel Parupsky has been integral part of that turnaround. A sophomore for the Royals, Parupsky has had back-to-back outstanding seasons.

Parupsky was named to the all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and all-defensive teams for the second straight year. She averaged 14.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game while blocking 3.1 shots per contest. The blocks-per-game number led the MIAC and was 15th nationally in Division III women’s basketball.

She recorded 11 double-doubles to finish second in the conference and 75th in the country. She finished third in the MIAC in rebounds and fourth in scoring.

All those numbers helped Bethel finish fourth in the MIAC standings and the Royals got to host a conference tournament game for the first time in 17 years. Bethel (20-7) reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 1996.

Bethel’s conference record went from 5-17 in 2013 to 17-5 this season and the 12-game increase in victories was the highest in the nation. Overall, the Royals won 14 more games this season compared to a year ago.

As a freshman, Parupsky made the all-conference, all-defense and all-first year teams and became the first MIAC player to amass all three awards in the same season. She was also named the national Rookie of the Year by D3Hoops.com.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com.

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