Carroll College and women's basketball coach Rachelle Sayers takes the Fighting Saints to the inaugural Top 20 tournament in Tennessee. (RICHIE MELBY/MTN Sports)

(Editor’s note: Carroll College media release)

HELENA – Carroll College women’s basketball coach Rachelle Sayers announced the signing of Molly McDermott, a 6-foot-2 guard from Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Wash.

G-Prep is one of the top girls basketball programs in the country and played in the Dick’s Sporting Good’s National Tournament in New York City in 2015, losing in the semifinals.

McDermott was a member of the 2014 and 2015 4A state championship teams and is a four-year letter-winner in basketball and was recruited by NCAA Division I teams University of Portland, Seattle University and Columbia University, as well as NCAA DII schools Minot State and California Baptist. She was also pursued by a handful of NCAA DIII and NAIA schools, but chose to take her talents to the hilltop and join former Bullpup Oona Harrington.

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“Carroll felt like somewhere I could stand out and be someone, not just another name or number,” McDermott said. “The tight-knit community reminded me of my high school, which I love. After one day on campus with the team I felt like an honorary Saint. Carroll is a place which I can thrive as an athlete, student, and person. It is a place where I could be proud of an experience for life, not just for the next four years.”

McDermott is a standout for her high school team as well as on the club circuit where she led her Spokane Sandpipers, averaging 16 points and 9.0 rebounds this summer against some of the best competition in the nation.

“Molly was a huge sign for us,” Sayers said. “She comes from a great club program, and we have had a ton of success with Sandpipers from Alysha Green, Katie Estey, Brittney Johnson to Oona Harrington.”

On her high school team, where she played with Laura Stockton (Gonzaga), Oti Gildon (Oregon), Tayler Drynan (Simon Fraser University) and Harrington, McDermott averaged 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. She is an honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society. She has a cumulative 3.86 GPA and plans to major in Health Science.

“To get a guard with that kind of length is something we have never had before,” Sayers said. “She can score in a variety of ways, from inside the key to the 3-point line, and she gets herself to the free throw line frequently, which we love. I see Molly making an immediate impact on our team and couldn’t be happier she chose Carroll College.”

McDermott is Sayers’ second signee for the incoming 2017 class, joining point guard Christine Denny from Liberty High School, south of Spokane.