NIACC’s Rush signs on with Bulldog basketball

DES MOINES – Cortni Rush helped her Mason City Mohawks reach Wells Fargo Arena for the Class 5A Girls High School Basketball State Tournament.

Now, the North Iowa Area Community College star is returning to Des Moines – just in a different jersey and arena.

Rush signed a national letter of intent with the Drake University women’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, head coach Jennie Baranczyk announced Wednesday.

“We are so excited to add Cortni to the Drake family,” Baranczyk said. “She brings tremendous versatility and has won at both the high school and junior college levels. My favorite thing about her is she is a team-first player that will do anything asked and at any position we need her at. She is a hard-nosed, blue-collar, roll-up-her-sleeves, get-to-work, typical Iowa player.”

Rush, a Mason City native, was a first-team all-National Junior College Athletic Association Region XI selection and a third-team NJCAA Division II All-American in her one season at NIACC. She helped the Trojans advance to the semifinals of the 2014 NJCAA Division II tournament and finish with a 34-3 record.

“We are thrilled for Cortni to have this opportunity at Drake, both athletically and academically,” said NIACC coach Kelli Terrell. “She is one of the hardest working kids I have ever come across and helped us to great success. I know she is going to do the same at Drake.”

The 5-foot-10 guard was a four-year letterwinner at Mason City and was named third team all-state her senior season as the Mohawks advanced to the semifinals of the state tourney. She averaged 10.2 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game her senior year, while also lettering four years in softball and track and field.