Addi Ekstrom

Bozeman’s Addi Ekstrom dribbles past the Helena High defense during Friday’s game in Helena. The Hawks fell to the Bengals 48-35.

HELENA — Look for a lot more 3-pointer’s coming from Carroll College’s women’s basketball team next season.

The Saints announced they have signed Bozeman High School junior Addi Ekstrom as the first of the 2021 signing class. 

Last season Ekstrom led all Class AA schools with 52 3-point makes and averaged 14 points per game as the Hawks finished 10-14.

“It was a good fit,” Ekstrom said. “Carroll was one of the first schools who showed big interest in me. I attended their camp last year and the coach and I kept in contact.”

Ekstrom had other offers from Montana State Billings and NCAA Division III George Fox University while also received interest from Montana and Montana State but she said she loved everything about Carroll.

“I realized it was where I wanted to go,” she said.

Not only can Ekstrom shoot the ball, she has shown to be versatile. At 5-foot-10 she said Carroll coaches will look to use her at a variety of positions from point guard to power forward but Ekstrom said she views her self as a combo guard.

“I’m a shooter and pretty quick,” she said.

She even joked that she was a mix of the NBA’s Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry.

“I definitely like to bring it up and shoot a lot,” she said.

Carroll will have four seniors on its roster this upcoming season including Christine Denny who transitioned from a combo guard to a post player and Ekstrom said that is one area of her game she needs to improve on.

The Saints return their entire starting lineup from last year including all-conference selections Denny, Danielle Wagner and Sienna Swannack.

“Addi is the real deal,” Carroll coach Rachelle Sayers said. “She is going to be a great addition to our team.”

Ryan Kuhn covers Carroll College athletics and high school sports for the Independent Record and 406mtsports.com. Follow him on Twitter at @rskuhn

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