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.
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 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
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.”
Molly McCabe – 5-foot-11-inch forward from
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
“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