Bison Women’s Basketball Adds Three on Signing Day

North Dakota State women’s basketball head coach Jory Collins has announced the commitment of three players. All three will enroll and play for the Bison starting in the fall of 2021.

Ellie Dague, a 5-10 guard from Henning, Minn., Katie Hildebrandt, a 6-2 forward from McFarland, Wis., and Abbey Kubas, a 5-11 forward from Dickinson, N.D. are all set to join the Bison.

“This class continues to build a foundation for a roster we plan on competing for Summit League championships with,” Collins said. “We have a great combination of young players in our program who are going to have the chance to grow together the next few years. Ellie, Katie and Abbey all bring attributes that will continue to increase the success of our program. They are high caliber individuals, have great character and will be terrific representatives of Bison Nation.”

Ellie Dague
G | Henning, Minn. (Henning HS) 
High School: 
Three-year letterwinner and captain for Henning High School…Named to the Minnesota 1A All-State team…Ranked as the 13th best player in Minnesota and the fifth-best guard by Prep Girls Hoops…Averaged 20.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a junior…Shot 43.7 percent from the field and 83.1 percent from the free throw line…Has a 16.3 career scoring average and 4.7 rebounds per game over her career…A 43.7 percent shooter for her career, while shooting 74.5 percent at the free throw line…Set a school record with 42 points in a game and owns the school record with 1,804 career points, the most by a male or female in Henning High School history…Earned all-conference honors in eighth grade and as a sophomore, while being named the league MVP as a junior…Led Henning High School to the 2020 conference title, while also winning the sectional title and advancing to the Minnesota State Final Four…Also played volleyball…Named to the honor roll…
Personal: Daughter of Melanie and Chris…Has a sister, Courtney, and a brother, Collin…Intends to major in education…

 “Ellie Dague is a is a big-time guard,” Collins said. “She has the ability to score at a high level, she’s a tremendous passer, excellent defender and is super competitive. Ellie has very good size and strength for a point guard at 5-10. Her feel for the game and ability to make others better is probably her best attribute. I love the fact that she’s from 90 minutes away and will get play in front of her family her whole career. I’m very confident Ellie will make an immediate and lasting impact on North Dakota State women’s basketball.”

Katie Hildebrandt
F | McFarland, Wis. (McFarland HS) 
High School: 
Four-year letterwinner and starter for McFarland High School…Ranked the 18th best player and second-best small forward in Wisconsin by Prep Girls Hoops…Averaged 14.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game as a junior…Has tallied 820 points and 460 rebounds in her career entering her senior season…A three-time all-conference selection, including first team as a junior…Earned team MVP honors as a junior, while was the offensive player of the year for McFarland High School as a sophomore…Led team to the conference title in 2019…Also played volleyball and soccer in high school…Earned first team all-conference and honorable mention all-state honors in volleyball…A two-time first team all-conference selection in soccer…Two-time all-state selection in soccer, including second team honors as a sophomore…Earned the WVCA All-Academic Award in volleyball…Member of the National Honor Society…Has been on the high honor roll throughout high school…
Personal: Daughter of Kristin and Steven…Has two brothers, Ryan and Nick…Intends to major in interior design…

“Katie is 6-2 post player we started recruiting late spring and throughout the summer,” Collins said. “Katie was definitely under the radar early being from a small town in Wisconsin. As we started to watch her play, we couldn’t find anything we didn’t like. She is very skilled for someone her size. Her most consistent skill now is her ability to shoot the ball, but she’s also a very good ball handler and passer for the position she plays. Having a five-man who can stretch the floor puts so much pressure on a defense. Adding size is important, but adding size and skill is critical for us to take another step.”

Abbey Kubas
F | Dickinson, N.D. (Trinity HS) 
High School: 
Four-year letterwinner and starter…Named a captain for Trinity High School as a junior and senior…Averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds per game as a junior…Hit the 1,000 point mark for her career as a junior…Named second team all-state as a sophomore and junior…Two-time all-region selection…Ranked 12th best player and fourth-best small forward in North Dakota by Prep Girls Hoops…Also a member of the volleyball team, where she was an all-region selection as a junior…Had 410 kills and 81 aces as a junior…Member of National Honor Society…Selected to Highest Honor Roll…
Personal: Daughter of Susan and Monte…Has two brothers, Zach and Jake…Both parents and brothers attended NDSU…Dad and both brothers played football for the Bison…Intends to major in interior design…

“Abbey is a 5-11 four-man,” Collins said. “She plays really hard and is a great competitor. Since we’ve been here we’ve talked about increasing our athleticism and toughness. Abbey brings plenty of both. She comes from a family of Bison and it’s always great to get a North Dakota kid in our program. As she continues to develop her skill set away from the basket, she will have the opportunity to make an impact while providing terrific depth for our program.”

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