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McFeely blog: Bison women's basketball player Ellie Dague enters transfer portal

Fellow freshman Gabrielle Robinson Forde also entered; now seven NDSU players who've left team

Henning High School guard Ellie Dague (left) and her teammates hold up their Minnesota Class 1A, Section 6 championship trophy after a 56-50 win over West Central Area on Friday, March 6, 2020. Dague was a member of North Dakota State's women's basketball program before entering the NCAA transfer portal this week.
Eric Morken / Forum News Service

FARGO — Two more North Dakota State women's basketball players have entered the NCAA transfer portal, including standout recruit Ellie Dague from Henning, Minn.

Gabrielle Robinson Forde also entered the portal.

That brings to seven the number of Bison women's players from the 2021-22 team that have entered the transfer portal.

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 confirmed Dague entered the portal Monday. The 5-foot-10 freshman guard was a highly touted recruit when she signed with NDSU in 2020. She was expected to play last season but had offseason knee surgery and missed the 2021-22 campaign.


Dague averaged 20.7 points and 5.3 rebounds as a junior. She scored a school-record 42 points in one game and finished her career with 2,248 points, the most by a male or female in Henning High School history.

She did not 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 an early signing class that included Dague, Katie Hildebrandt, Abbey Kubas and Sophie Olson.

Forde did not play a game for the Bison.

Dague's and Forde's departures mean head coach Jory Collins has lost seven players from its 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 transferred to Alabama.

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

Mike McFeely is a columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began working for The Forum in the 1980s while he was a student studying journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He's been with The Forum full time since 1990, minus a six-year hiatus when he hosted a local radio talk-show.
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