HELENA — The Carroll College women’s basketball team added some senior leadership to next season’s rooster after it announced the signing Boise State transfer Emerald Toth.
The 6-foot-1 forward who graduated from Bozeman High in 2016 played the last three seasons with the Broncos, but entering her final year of eligibility, she said she wanted to make a change for strictly academic reasons.
“I want to be a surgeon so it came down to the decision of athletics and academics,” Toth said. “The more I thought about it, I realized that the medical field is really my passion so I wanted to go to a place where I could do both.”
That doesn’t mean she will not miss her time playing in Boise. After all, she did win three consecutive Mountain West Championships.
“They will always be a second family to me down there,” Toth said. “It was my home.”
Toth comes full circle as a member of the Saints after coach Rachelle Sayers was unable to sign her out of high school.
This time around, Sayers knows that Toth’s size, experience and leadership qualities will be an asset next season.
“She is a big, strong body who has great feet and can run the floor well,” Sayers said.
Not only will she be a presence in the paint, but is capable of shooting from distance. It was something that Toth said she had to learn during her time at Boise State because she was undersized playing in the Mountain West.
“She will knock down a ton of (3-pointers) if you give her space,” Sayers said.
Toth played in 16 games last season, averaging just 1.3 points per game, but has shown previously she can be a consistent scorer.
While at Bozeman she helped the Hawks win a state championship where she was the state tournament’s MVP. In the state title game she scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds during a 45-44 win over Great Falls.
Toth joins a front court that graduated all-conference seniors Hannah Dean and Cassidy Kosena. She joins former Frontier Conference sixth player of the year Taylor Salonen, sophomores Nikki Krueger and Molly McDermott and incoming freshman Genesis Wilkinson from Spokane, Washington.
“I know that everything is earned,” Toth said. “I know I have to work just as hard as the next person and be whatever player coach Sayers needs me to be.”
Carroll finished last season with 26 wins and a second round appearance at the NAIA National Tournament.