HAVRE — Montana State University-Northern women’s basketball coach Chris Mouat announced another big signing Tuesday.
Mouat, a former head coach of the Butte High girls and assistant coach with the Montana Tech women, landed Cecilia Vielle, a 6-foot-3 post player from Box Elder.
Vielle was voted first-team All-Tournament after helping the Bears win the Class C State title last month at the Butte Civic Center.
“Cecilia brings a ton of positives to our program,” Mouat said in a statement. “She has a good skill set, and is an outstanding student. She is unique for a post player in the fact that she can step out and knock down the open three-point shot.”
Vielle is a three-time first team All-State and four-time All-Conference selection in basketball. She connected on 45 percent of her 3-point attempts during her senior season. She also averaged 17.5 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and nearly 2 blocks per game. She shot 64 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Bears went 24-2 and won their first Class C title since 1998, defeating Winnett-Grass Range 52-34 in the championship game.
“Cecilia is coming from a great program in Box Elder, and I know she has been well-coached,” Mouat said. “Coach (Joel) Rosette does an outstanding job, and they had an amazing season. We are happy she chose to continue her career close to home.”
Vielle was also a standout in volleyball, earning all-conference honors three times.
In the classroom, Vielle carries a 3.59 grade point average and is ranked first in her class.
“Cecilia is a very well-rounded person,” Mouat said. “She does a lot of volunteering and is active in her community. We look forward to her being a Skylight.”
Vielle is the daughter of Earl and Patty Vielle. She is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning. She plans to major in nursing at MSU-Northern.