(Editor’s note: University of Providence media release)
GREAT FALLS – Providence women’s basketball head coach Bill Himmelberg announced the signing of transfer Bailey Cartwright of Concordia University Portland, an NCAA Division II institution, on Monday.
Cartwright, a graduate transfer and native of Pasco, Washington, graduated from Chiawana High School and joins the Argos after a successful career at NCAA DII Concordia University Portland. She will be a huge addition for the Argos, joining junior Parker Esary to dominate the post in 2019-20.
“We are extremely excited to have Bailey join us,” Himmelberg said of Cartwright, whose sister, Kenedy Cartwright, already plays basketball for the Argos.
In high school, Bailey Cartwright was a four-year letter-winner with the Riverhawks, served as a team captain during her junior and senior seasons, and was named first-team all-conference as a senior.
As a Cavalier, Cartwright played in 82 games with Concordia, starting in all but four contests during her freshman and junior seasons. During the Cavaliers’ 2017-18 season, she was named first-team all-conference in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and averaged a double-double with 13.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest, in addition to shooting 48 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line.
Cartwright will be joining a program that has qualified for the NAIA women’s basketball national tournament four times over the past five seasons. The Argos are fresh off a stellar 2018-19 season that saw them secure victories over seven top-25 opponents, all of which helped make up the 32-team national tournament field.
“It is not often that you get a first-team all-conference student-athlete to join your program. Bailey will be an immediate impact player in our program and will help us to make a bigger splash in the NAIA and Frontier Conference next season,” Himmelberg said.