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WF Sheyenne's Maya Metcalf commits to Dragons for women's basketball

West Fargo Sheyenne rising senior Maya Metcalf has verbally committed to play women's basketball at Minnesota State Moorhead

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West Fargo Sheyenne's Maya Metcalf goes up for two against Wahpeton during their Eastern Dakota Conference girls basketball tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at Sheyenne. Metcalf has verbally committed to the Minnesota State Moorhead women's basketball program.
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WEST FARGO — West Fargo Sheyenne forward Maya Metcalf has verbally committed to play women's basketball for Minnesota State Moorhead, she announced Tuesday, July 19, via social media.

“They’ve been recruiting me for a while and they’ve been there since Day 1," Metcalf said. "They’ve just shown a lot of support. Their program has a winning culture, which was something that I was looking for, so that was the best fit for me.”

The 6-foot-2 Metcalf averaged 13.8 points and 7.9 rebounds during her junior season with the Mustangs. Sheyenne posted a 20-6 record last season and advanced to the North Dakota Class A state girls basketball tournament.

"She’s a very strong, athletic 6-2 athlete," said Sheyenne head coach Kenyon Wingenbach. "So that right there kind of jumps out when you see her. That kind of fits that Division II mold.”

Metcalf also had offers from the University of Mary, which is an NCAA Division II program in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference like the Dragons, and Division I Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

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Metcalf started for the Mustangs during her sophomore and junior seasons. Wingenbach was in his first year as Sheyenne's head coach last season. Metcalf expanded her range, shooting 37% (40 of 108) from 3-point territory as a junior.

“Her ability to play inside-outside at her size and her defensive presence in the post is kind of a unique combination that everybody is looking for," said Wingenbach, who was an assistant coach at Bismarck Century prior to taking over at Sheyenne.

Metcalf only attempted one 3-pointer during her sophomore season, but started to focus more on her outside shooting to expand her overall game.

“I emphasized adding shooting into my game," said Metcalf, who also plays golf and softball for the Mustangs.

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Metcalf holds the Sheyenne program record for blocks in a game (5, which she did three times) and blocks in a season with 51 as a junior. Metcalf has 703 points, 422 rebounds and 71 blocked shots in the 68 games of her varsity career, entering her senior season with the Mustangs.

“She’s one of the best teammates that I’ve ever been around," Wingenbach said. "She’s super unselfish so her numbers may not jump out at you, but you really have to watch her play to appreciate what she does. She brings out the most in the people around her which is pretty awesome.”

Metcalf is part of the 2023 recruiting class. She is the first known Dragons commitment for that class.

“She found that outside shot a little bit and now it’s striking that balance between inside and outside," Wingenbach said. “I think she is getting better and better, too.”

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West Fargo Sheyenne’s Maya Metcalf goes up for two in front of Fargo Davies' Ava Wild during their Eastern Dakota Conference girls basketball game Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at Sheyenne.
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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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