GREAT FALLS — Less than a month after Montana Western won the NAIA Division I women’s basketball national championship, the Bulldogs keep winning.
Great Falls High senior Erin Watt signed with Western on Wednesday after she helped lead the Bison to their first state berth since 2016.
She averaged eight points and five rebounds per game but did most of her damage in the postseason, leading Great Falls High to upsets over Billings Senior, Bozeman and Butte at the divisional and state tournaments. Watt comes from a family of athletes, but she’s the first to sign a letter of intent and can’t wait to get started in Dillon.
“I’m super excited. I think my teammates are going to be awesome and I can’t wait to build friendships and unity with them, it’s going to be fun,” said Watt. “I’ve met a few (of the Western players) when I went down there last year for a recruitment trip. I know a few of them already, but I’m definitely going to meet some new faces.”
Watt admires Western head coach Lindsay Woolley’s coaching style and is looking forward to learning under his guidance.
“(Coach Woolley) is a great coach. He knows how to coach a team and he knows how to coach them to success, obviously. He just knows what he’s doing, he’s a great guy and I’m excited to play for him,” said Watt.
As for her Great Falls High career? Obviously the recent appearance in state will live forever in her mind.
“I definitely remember the state tournament, for sure, and my whole senior season. It was just memorable for so many reasons,” said Watt. “The fact that we got to state, we were able to persevere, that’s going to stay with me forever.”