Dillon’s Rouse, two others sign with Tech women

Dillon's Alex Rouse takes the ball down against Browning in the third-place game of the Class A State girls' basketball tournament March 12 in Belgrade. (Bill Foley photo)

Butte basketball fans already know Alex Rouse’s name very well.

Now, they’ll get to know it even better.

The Dillon standout signed to play basketball at Montana Tech, the Orediggers announced today. Head coach Carly VanDyke-Sanon also announced the additions of junior college transfers Monica Landdeck and Hannah Sparks.

Rouse was a four-year letter winner at Beaverhead County High School in Dillon. She earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior and a senior. She took home second-team all-conference accolades as a sophomore.

As a senior, Rouse averaged nine points and four rebounds per game. She shot 43 percent from the field, including 30 percent from the 3-point land.

Rouse will come to town as the best 3-point shooter in the history of the Dillon girls’ basketball program. Rouse’s 138 3-pointers broke the previous record of 113.

“Alex is a great shooter and has a lot of upside,” Montana Tech coach Carly VanDyke-Sanon said in a statement. “She is a hard worker and we are excited she is going to be a part of our program.”

Rouse, who was also selected All-Conference twice in volleyball and was named Academic All-Conference seven separate times, plans to pursue a degree in biology.

Landdeck will transfer to Tech from North Idaho College, where she started every game the past two seasons.

She was selected second team All-Conference last season averaging 9.7 points and 2.4 rebounds.

“Monica is a long, athletic, complete guard,” VanDyke-Sanon said. “She is a great three point shooter and can get to the basket and score.  She is also a tenacious defender.  Monica adds depth to our guard position and fits well into our style of play.”

Landdeck can light up the scoreboard. She received the Scenic West Conference Player of the Week award after putting up 29 points in one game. During the conference tournament, she netted seven three pointers against Bellevue College and was named the Tournament MVP.

Originally from Issaquah, Washington, Landdeck played two years of prep for Issaquah High School outside of Seattle and was selected second team All-King County as a sophomore. She finished high school at Brewster High School in north central Washington, where she led her team to a 26-1 record and a state title.

Averaging 16 points per game, Landdeck was selected first team All-Caribou League, second team All-Tournament and was the third leading scorer in the league.

“I really think Montana Tech is a great fit for me,” Landdeck in a statement. “The coaches are super easy to talk to and the school has my degree. I wanted to come here because I believe I could for sure have a successful career here with my team. I want to win a national championship and we could do just that here.”

Landdeck plans on pursuing a degree in business.

Sparks will transfer from Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff. Last season she started every game averaging 6.8 points per game in an average of 23 minutes of action. She shot 50.3 percent from the field.

Sparks was named Player of the Week twice and was named to the all-tournament team and Defensive All-Regional Team.

“Hannah is a quick, fast, combo guard,” VanDyke-Sanon said. “She is great going to the basket and finishing.  She is a perfect fit into the up tempo style we play at Montana Tech.”

Sparks attended high school in Aurora, Colorado, where she was a two-time all-league selection and named second team All-State as a senior. Also a star on the track, she earned All-State honors twice.

“I chose Montana Tech because it is a really good fit for me,” Sparks said. “I will be able to continue to pursue my education at a high quality college while playing a sport I love.”

Sparks plans to pursue a degree in pre-professional health.

VanDyke-Sanon praised the new additions on and off the court.

“I am excited to announce we are adding three more players to our roster,” the coach said. “We are not only adding great players to our program but also excellent students.”

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