VALLEY CITY (VCSU) – Valley City State University women’s basketball coach Vanessa Johnson has announced the addition of nine student-athletes to the roster for the upcoming season.
The latest group of additions to the women’s basketball program includes three college transfers and six freshmen at VCSU.
“We are very excited about this group of young women as they are a great fit for not only our program but also our university and community,” said Johnson. “They all are dedicated student-athletes who have proven themselves on the court, in the classroom, and in their communities. Bringing this group together with our already strong core of returners is going to be exciting to watch. I can’t wait to see what they can accomplish.”
Valley City State is scheduled to start the 2019-20 season at home, hosting Minot State University for a non-conference game on Oct. 24. The Vikings are coming off a 14-14 overall record last season, during which they finished third in the NSAA standings.
VCSU Women’s Basketball 2019-20 Recruits
Macey Kvilvang – Forward – 6’5” – Cando, N.D.
Junior – Transfer from North Dakota State University
Kvilvang joins the Vikings after playing two seasons at North Dakota State University. Kvilvang averaged four points and three rebounds per game for the Bison and was named to the Summit League Academic Honor Roll. Kvilvang played her high school ball for North Star in Cando, N.D., where she averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds per game. She was a two-time 1st Team All-State selection and was named the Class B Senior Athlete of the Year and a finalist for the North Dakota Ms. Basketball Award.
Maara Nelson – Guard – 5’9” – Carrington, N.D.
Junior – Transfer from Lake Region State College
Nelson is transferring to VCSU after playing two season at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, N.D. A native of Carrington, N.D., Nelson averaged 12.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game at LRSC. She was a two-time All-Conference and All-Region selection, and played in the NJCAA All-State Game. At Carrington High School, Nelson averaged 13.5 points, four rebounds and three assists per game. She was named the District 5 and Region 3 Senior Athlete of the Year.
Dani Schwanke – Guard – 5’7” – Leeds, N.D.
Sophomore – Transfer from Lake Region State College
Schwanke transfers in to VCSU after playing one season at Lake Region State College, where she averaged 12 points, three rebounds and two assists per game last season. Schwanke earned the Mon-Dak Player of the Week award and was also named to the All-Academic Team. She attended Leeds High School and played for Benson County, averaging 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists as a senior. Schwanke was named the District 7 Senior Athlete of the Year, along with earning All-Region honors.
Adriana Torres – Guard – 5’10” – Pelican Rapids, Minn.
Freshman – Pelican Rapids High School
Torres joins the Vikings after wrapping up a successful high school career at Pelican Rapids. She averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a senior, and was named All-State and All-Conference. Torres was also named the Heart O’ Lakes Conference MVP.
Allie Critchley – Guard – 5’6” – Dilworth, Minn.
Freshman – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School
Critchley averaged 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals per game as a senior at DGF High School. She was named All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention, and led her conference in both steals and assists.
Breanna Price – Center – 6’3” – Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Freshman – Detroit Lakes High School
Price racked up 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocks per game during her senior season at Detroit Lakes High School. She was named All-Conference and MGBCA Academic All State. Price is also playing volleyball at VCSU.
Meredith Dumas – Forward – 5’10” – Grafton, N.D.
Freshman – Grafton High School
Dumas was a three-time All-Region selection and participated in the Lions All-Star Game this past summer. She averaged nine points, six rebounds and two assists per game for Grafton High School.
Taryn Dieterle – Forward – 6’0” – Valley City, N.D.
Freshman – Valley City High School
Dieterle averaged a double-double last season for Valley City High School, posting 19 points, 11 rebounds and two assists per game for the Hi-Liners. She is a two-time All-EDC selection, was named 2nd Team All State, and played in the Lions All Star Game. Dieterle is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Megan Haugrud – Forward – 5’11” – Moorhead, Minn.
Freshman – Moorhead High School
Haugrud joins the Viking program after wrapping up her high school career at Moorhead High. As a senior, she averaged seven points, five rebounds and two assists per game for the Spuds.