McFeely Blog: Bison women’s basketball player Ellie Dague enters transfer portal – InForum

FARGO — Two more women’s basketball players from North Dakota State have entered the NCAA transfer portal, including notable rookie Ellie Dague of Henning, Minn.

Gabrielle Robinson Forde also entered the portal.

This brings the number of Bison players from the 2021-22 squad who have entered the transfer portal to seven.

NDSU has five scholarship players remaining on the roster: junior Heaven Hamling, sophomore Abby Schulte, sophomore Emily Behnke, freshman Katie Hildebrandt and freshman Sophie Olson.

Sources have confirmed that Dague entered the portal on Monday. The 5-foot-10 freshman guard was a highly touted rookie when she signed with NDSU in 2020. She was scheduled to play last season but underwent knee surgery in the offseason and missed the 2021-22 campaign .

Dague averaged 20.7 points and 5.3 rebounds as a junior. She scored a school-high 42 points in one game and finished her career with 1,804 points, the most by a man or woman in Henning High School history.

She didn’t play a game for NDSU.

Forde is a freshman from Brampton, Ontario. The 6-3 forward signed with the Bison in the spring of 2021, joining a premier class of signings that included Dague, Katie Hildebrandt, Abbey Kubas and Sophie Olson.

Forde did not play any games for the Bison.

The departures of Dague and Forde mean head coach Jory Collins has lost seven players from his 2021-22 roster. Joining Dague and Forde are Reneya Hopkins, Ryan Cobbins, Olivia Skibiel, Kadie Deaton and Kylie Strop.

Cobbins was a junior guard who started all 29 games for the Bison last season and was expected to return next season and be a key player. She was transferred to Alabama.

Skibiel left as a graduate transfer and signed with NCAA Division II Minnesota State University Moorhead. She played 28 games for NDSU last season, starting 14.

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