RAPID CITY --- The 2015-16 women’s basketball season opens Friday for the South Dakota School of Mines, and while the Hardrockers are poised for big things in their first season as Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference members, the program is already building toward the future with the announcement of the 2015-16 recruiting class. SD Mines women’s basketball head coach Ryan Larsen is pleased to announce the addition of the four newest Hardrockers: Cooper Courtney, Sami Steffeck, Anna Haugen and Molly McCabe.  

“I am thrilled with this year’s Hardrocker women’s basketball recruiting class,” Larsen said. “These young ladies are outstanding individuals and students. All of them come from well coached and competitive high school programs and AAU teams.  

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Cooper Courtney – 5-foot-6-inch guard from Overland Park, Kan.  

Courtney played her high school career at Blue Valley Southwest where the 5-6 guard was named First Team All-Conference; All-State Tournament Team; has the Blue Valley Southwest High School all-time leading free throw percentage (77 percent) and all-time Leading field goal percentage (49 percent) as well as the second leading scorer in school history and holds the school record for most three-point goals in one game (7).  

“I’m proud to be a part of such a great basketball program that improves each year while representing a prestigious academic school,” Courtney said.  

Courtney is also part of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and the Principal’s Honor Roll.    

“Cooper is a talented scorer who excels at shooting from the arc. Her ability to stretch the floor with her shooting will open up a lot of space for us offensively,” Larsen said. “Cooper’s skills go beyond just shooting. Her ball handling and passing make her very versatile offensively.”  


Sami Steffeck – 5-foot-10-inch guard from Fort Collins, Colo.  

Steffeck, a 5-10 guard played prep basketball for Fossil Ridge High School where she had a number of accomplishments, such as: All-Conference selection; Academic All-State; a four-year letterwinner; helped her team to the 5A State Championships; led her team in three-pointers and assists.  

 “Sami is a tall and long point guard that has all the game,” Larsen said. “She has a great basketball IQ and the passing ability to be a very good playmaker for us. “She has tremendous scoring ability as well and can make shots from the arc, mid-range jumpers and attacks the rim very well.”  

“I’m proud to be playing for and attending a school of this caliber,” Steffeck said. “I hope to make an impact both on the court and in the classroom.”  


Anna Haugen – 5-foot-11-inch guard from Fort Collins, Colo.  

During her time at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colo., Haugen was able to accomplish a number of highlights, including: First Team All-Conference; First Team Academic All-State; a four-year letterwinner; helped her team to a Final Four appearance in Class 5A state playoffs; named as a team captain both her junior and senior seasons.  

“I am so excited to get a chance to play at the next level with such a great group of girls and coaches,” Haugen said.   

Haguen is also a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the Service Learning Academy.   

“Anna is the type of player that does everything very well and can play multiple positions on the court,” Larsen said. “Anna is a fabulous defender and rebounder. Those attributes really attracted us to her game. Offensively Anna can score in all varieties including scoring in the post.”  

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Molly McCabe – 5-foot-11-inch forward from Centennial, Colo.  

During her time at Mountain Vista High School in Centennial, Colo., McCabe had a number of honors and achievements including: Honorable Mention All-Conference as a sophomore; First Team All-Conference as a junior; Honorable Mention All-State as a junior; four-year letterwinner; and a team captain her senior year.  

“I am proud to be a part of the Hardrocker community,” McCabe said. “Being a part of the Hardrocker women’s basketball team is an honor. I am excited to have the opportunity to get a top-notch education while getting to play the sport that I love.”  

 “Molly is an incredible athlete and can score in the post, attack defenders off the dribble, and can make jump shots from the arc,” Larsen said. “Molly’s athleticism will allow us to play faster in transition. Defensively, Molly can guard all five positions which makes her a special defensive player.”  

As new members of the RMAC, the Lady Hardrockers will be competing against the very best that NCAA Div. II has to offer. By adding quality players like this year’s recruits, it will solidify the roster and help SD Mines become that more competitive in the future.  

“As a group, these recruits bring much needed depth to our program, individually they each bring a skill set and athleticism that will make us better,” Larsen said. “This is a competitive group and I couldn’t be happier that they have chosen SD Mines to continue their educations and basketball careers.” 

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