WSC women’s basketball signs three


Wayne State women’s basketball coach Brent Pollari has announced the signings of three student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2022-23 season.

They include Rachel Dahlen of Devils Lake, N.D., Meg Rietz from Huxley, Iowa and Kylah vanDonkersgoed of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Dahlen is a 6-foot-2 forward from Devils Lake High School, where she is a three-year starter in volleyball and two years in basketball. Last season as a junior, Dahlen earned first-team All-Eastern Dakota Conference honors, averaging 12 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, ranking fourth in the conference in blocks and sixth in rebounding. In volleyball, she holds school records for kills in a game and blocks in a season.

“Rachel has a great frame and very good hands,” remarked coach Pollari. “Her wingspan makes her an elite shot blocker and rebounder. She has a great jump shot and can post up smaller players. Rachel is a long athlete with her best days ahead of her. We are happy she is joining our team.”

Rietz, a 6-foot forward from Ballard High School, is a two-year starter in basketball and cross country and three-year starter in soccer. As a junior last season, she averaged 6.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, helping her team to a 24-1 record and the Class 4A state title in Iowa. Rietz was second-team All-Raccoon River Conference in basketball and has earned All-Conference honors in soccer twice while being named All-Conference in cross country in 2019.

“Meg is a long, versatile guard/forward with a smooth shot,” said Pollari. “She gives opposing guards problem with her length and will add depth to our team. We are very excited to add Meg to our Wildcat family.”

vanDonkersgoed is a 6-foot-1 forward from Sioux Falls Christian High School. She was a two-year starter in volleyball and three-year starter in basketball. Last season as a junior, Kylah averaged 8.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game helping her team to a fifth-place finish at the Class A state tournament while earning third-team Dak 12 Conference honors. In volleyball, vanDonkersgoed started on the Sioux Falls Christian volleyball team that just won a fifth straight Class A state championship.

“Kylah is a strong, long player with good 3-point range,” stated Pollari. “She has really expanded her game to make her a threat from the perimeter and on the dribble. Her size and strength allow her to post up or play on the outside. Kylah’s a versatile player and we are very excited to have her join our team.”


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