(Editor’s note: Carroll College media release)
HELENA — Carroll College Fighting Saints women’s basketball coach Rachelle Sayers announced the signing of Boise State transfer Emerald Toth.
“I want to be a surgeon so it came down to the decision of athletics and academics,” Toth told the Helena IR of her decision to transfer. “The more I thought about it, I realized that the medical field is really my passion so I wanted to go to a place where I could do both.”
Toth, a 6-foot-1 junior forward from Bozeman, will bolster the Saints deep in the post. Carroll graduated senior all-Americans Hannah Dean and Cassidy (Hashley) Kosena.
“I think obviously losing Hannah and Cassie in that class, she definitely brings a little bit of experience,” Sayers said. “It could give us some size with some experience.”
Toth’s been a reserve with the Broncos, who have won three consecutive Mountain West championships. While playing limited minutes at BSU, Toth performed well in the classroom, earning academic all-Mountain West honors and Mountain West scholar-athlete awards.
Prior to BSU, Toth was a standout with the Bozeman Hawks. She earned MVP honors at the Class AA state tournament her senior season and was twice selected as an all-state performer.
“She can really extend the defense because she really shoots it well,” Sayers said. “She can pick and pop. She can shoot in the trail post position. She’s a high-quality kid. She’s going to add a lot to this campus and to this team. That leadership she brings … she’s coming from a team that won three Mountain West titles. She’s coming from a winning environment. She’s going to bring a lot on and off the floor for our team.”
Toth will add to a frontcourt unit that includes junior Taylor Salonen, redshirt freshman Nikki Krueger and redshirt Maddie Geritz. Add in incoming freshman post Genesis Wilkinson and the Saints figure to have depth down low.
“As a coach, my job is to field the best, most competitive, most cohesive unit we can,” Sayers said. “If we have a chance to add to that, we’ll try. That’s been the message to our entire team throughout this process. We’re keeping the cupboard stocked. It’s going to be a great addition for our team.”