Hardrocker Women's Basketball add 3 for 2015-16 season
RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines
women’s basketball program’s season may just be getting underway for the
2014-15 season, but the coaching staff is already looking toward the future as
the Hardrockers have signed three recruits for the 2015-16 year.
SD Mines women’s basketball head coach Ryan Larsen is
pleased to announce the signings of Taylor Molstad, Marissa Hirchert and Emily
Vandegrift as the newest Lady Hardrockers for next year.
(5-10 guard from Rapid City, SD)
Molstad will join the Hardrockers as a 5-foot-10-inch guard
from Rapid City, S.D., and played her high school ball at Rapid City Stevens
where she was a three-year starter averaging 10.4 points per game and was a 77
percent free throw shooter.
“Taylor is a very talented player that is a great local
recruit for the Hardrocker women’s basketball program,” Larsen said. “Taylor is
an explosive athlete that can score in a variety of ways. She has the ability
to be a dynamic scorer for us in the future.”
Molstad is a three-year letter winner in basketball and
volleyball, a two-year letter winner in track and qualified for the South
Dakota Class AA Track Meet as a high jumper the past two years.
“Taylor has been extremely well coached both at the high
school and AAU level for basketball. We are very excited that Taylor has chosen
to stay in Rapid City to receive a world class education and to play for the
Hardrockers,” Larsen said.
“The School of Mines has a national reputation academically
and will provide me with a solid foundation for my post-graduate work in
physical therapy,” Molstad said. “I’m excited to represent the Hardrocker
basketball program as we enter the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.”
Molstad plans to study Applied Biological Science while at
(6-2 forward from Rapid City, SD)
Hirchert also plays high school basketball at Rapid City
Stevens as a 6-2 forward. She was a four-year varsity player who was voted most
improved player as a junior. Hirchert helped the RCS Raiders win district
championships in 2012 and 2014.
“Marissa is the ideal post player that we recruit to play in
our program,” Larsen said. “Marissa has great length and scores both on the
block and from the arc. She also has the ability to influence games with rebounding
and altering shots.”
Hirchert also excelled in the offseason playing on an AAU hoops
team which won tournaments in Colorado, Minnesota and South Dakota.
“Marissa impressed us more and more every time we watched
her with her high school team and AAU team.
We couldn’t be happier that Marissa has decided to remain in Rapid City
to further her education and to compete for the Hardrockers,” Larsen said.
“I am excited to be a Hardrocker, not only because I will be
getting to play for a great NCAA Div. II team in my hometown, but I will also
be getting to play for a coaching staff that I respect and admire,” Hirchert
said. “I also know that I will be receiving a phenomenal education which will
go a long way in helping me to get accepted into dental school.”
While at SD Mines, Hirchert will major in Applied Biological
(6-0 forward from Lake Stevens, Wash.)
Vandegrift, a 6-0 forward, comes to South Dakota Mines from
Lake Stevens, Wash., where she played high school basketball for the Lake
Stevens Vikings. She earned All-League honorable mention in both volleyball and
basketball and helped her team to a fifth-place finish last year in the 2013 state
tournament in 2013.
“Emily is a terrific athlete that will have an impact on
both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor,” Larsen said. “Emily has
terrific speed and agility for a post player -- those physical attributes fit
perfectly with how we like to play. Emily
plays for a very good high school program and one of the most respected AAU
programs on the West Coast. We are
thrilled that Emily has decided to study at SDSM&T and to join the
Hardrockers women’s basketball program.”
While at SD Mines, Vandegrift plans to pursue a Civil
“I am proud to be a Hardrocker because it is a great team
with great coaches,” Vandegrift said. “They strive to be a part of each
athlete’s life and make them a better student and player. I am proud to be a
member of the family environment that is created at South Dakota Mines and the
Hardrocker women’s basketball team. I can’t wait to start and look forward to
the upcoming years.”