MISSOULA — The Montana women's basketball team has landed another prized recruit from its home state.

Guard Mya Hansen, who played for Laurel last winter but has since transferred to Billings Central, on Tuesday verbally committed to play for the Lady Griz on scholarship starting in 2022-23. As a freshman last year, she led the Locomotives in scoring (13.4 ppg.), rebounds, assists and steals.

"It wasn't too much of a tough decision," the 5-foot-8 phenom told 406mtsports.com. "Montana is a wonderful school to go to with (head coach) Shannon (Schweyen) there and all the history.

"It’s awesome to know they have that history and it seems like more of a complete family. I came for the (Lady Griz summer) camp and had done it a couple years before. I love the players that are there and the campus is beautiful."

Hansen, who also plans to play soccer and tennis this coming school year, is believed to be the youngest verbal commit in Lady Griz history at age 15. Along with the coaches and players at Montana, she is impressed by the fan interest in the team.

Mya is an all-state honoree whose father, Pat Hansen, served as head coach for Laurel last season. Together they helped the Locomotives reach the State A semifinal round in basketball.

Bill Speltz

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