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HAVRE -- Montana State University-Northern women's basketball coach Chris Mouat announced the signings of Savannah Toms and ShaAnn Danelson to join the Skylight program this fall.
Toms is a 6-foot forward from Dawson County High School in Glendive, and Danelson, a 5-foot-7 guard from Scobey, recently completed her freshman season at NCAA Division II Minot State University, where she appeared in 14 games.
As a senior, Toms averaged 15.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. She shot 60 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free throw line. She finished fourth in Class A in both scoring and field goal percentage. Toms earned first-team all-state honors as a senior, was an honorable mention all-conference performer as a junior, and was a first-team all-conference selection as a sophomore. She was a four-year varsity player and three-year starter for the Red Devils.
"Savannah is a great addition to our program," Mouat said. "She has good size and length and can play a couple of positions on the floor. Savannah is a tough-minded, efficient player who really gets things done. She is a scoring threat on the perimeter as well as in the post, and she does some really good things defensively and on the boards."
Toms also excelled in track and field, where she was a state qualifier for four consecutive years in three different events.
"We are excited to have Savannah on board," Mouat added. "I think she has an excellent future in a Skylight uniform and that she'll be a great fit on the court, on campus, and in the Havre community."
Toms carries a 3.4 grade-point average and plans on majoring in biology or health promotion at MSU-Northern. Her long-term goal is to become an occupational therapist.
At Scobey High School, Danelson helped lead the Spartans to a third-place finish at the 2019 Class C state tournament. For her efforts, she was recognized as a second-team all-tournament selection. She earned all-state honors as a senior, averaging 14.8 points per game. She was also a three-time all-conference performer. During her career, she connected on 188 3-point field goals and she scored more than 1,000 points.
"ShaAnn is a knock-down shooter from the 3-point line. She has great range and can really stretch a defense," Mouat said.
"ShaAnn is passionate about the game, and she is a tireless worker," Mouat continued. "She is also an excellent teammate who will bring a lot to our program. She does an outstanding job in the classroom and is a very well-rounded person. She was a high school valedictorian and carried a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during her freshman year of college. She is a great addition to our program and university, and we are looking forward to her future here."
Danelson was a three-sport athlete at Scobey, participating in basketball, volleyball and golf. The Spartans qualified for the State C volleyball tournament in 2018. During her golf career, she qualified for the State C tournament all four years, finishing in the top 10 twice.
Danelson plans on majoring in business at MSU-Northern.