Wayne State Women’s Basketball Adds Three To 2022-23 Signing Class

Wayne State Women’s Basketball Adds Three To 2022-23 Signing Class
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

WAYNE – As the Wayne State College women’s basketball team will look to resume their season with the men’s team this Sunday, a trio of newcomers have recently signed their national letters of intent for the 2022-23 season.

According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the three signees who will attend WSC next academic year will be Rachel Dahlen of Devils Lake, North Dakota; Meg Rietz of Huxley, Iowa and Kyla vanDonkersgoed of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Head coach Brent Pollari is in his fourth season leading the Wayne State College women’s basketball team.

Rachel Dahlen is a 6-2 forward from Devils Lake High School in North Dakota 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.”

Meg Rietz, a 6-0 forward from Ballard High School in Iowa, 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 Coach 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.”

Kylah vanDonkersgoed is a 6-1 forward from Sioux Falls Christian High School in South Dakota. 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 Saturday night in Rapid City.

“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.”

The Wayne State College women’s basketball team is currently 7-4 (4-3 NSIC) and will return to NSIC South Division competition this Sunday, January 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Augustana. The Wildcat men (7-5/4-2) will open January 2 at Augustana at 3:30 p.m. The WSC women won 73-61 vs. Augie as the Wildcat men won 63-59 over the Vikings in Wayne on November 23.

This Sunday’s doubleheader will be played in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the Sanford Pentagon and be carried on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com. Pregame show coverage is set for 3 p.m.