Tech women announce transfers

Montana Tech head women’s basketball coach Kerie DePell announced the addition of three transfers Monday, including Butte native Kabri Emerson.

The three new commitments bring the 2013-14 recruiting class to seven new Orediggers.  In addition to Emerson, Shayla Mack is transferring in from Montana State, while Danielle Beltrame comes from Oregon Tech.

Emerson, a 6-foot post who graduated from Butte High in 2011, transfers to Montana Tech from North Idaho College in Coeur ‘Alene. reported the Emerson signing last week.

Last season Emerson averaged 8.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and one assist while shooting 53 percent from the field. She was named second team All-Region helping her team win the Scenic West Athletic Conference.

“Kabri has a winner’s mentality, having been so successful in high school and also in junior college,” DePell said. “Her teams have been highly ranked, done well in playoffs and she has been a key part of that. She is tall and strong, has great hands and touch on offense, and will be a valuable defender in the post. She will also be a mature and stable influence in the locker room, which will be extremely important to our success next season.”

In high school, Emerson averaged 13 points and 9 rebounds a game. She was selected All-Conference twice and was second team All-State in 2011.

“I am very excited to be coming back to Butte and to be a Lady Oredigger,” Emerson said. “Montana Tech is a very well-known school, I will get to be part of a wonderful basketball program and I will be surrounded by an extraordinary and supportive community and my always-supportive family.”

Emerson’s sister Rashae is a standout on the Butte High track team. Her parents Shelly and Todd live in Butte. Kabri carries a 3.6 GPA to Tech and plans to major in engineering or occupation safety and health.

Mack is a 5-6 guard from Three Forks. She has three years of eligibility left after playing sparingly last season for the Bobcats. Mack was a multi-sport standout for Class B Three Forks High School excelling in volleyball and track as well.

“Shayla has been on my radar since she was a freshman at Three Forks High School,” DePell said. “When I saw her then, she was a fiery, athletic, pressure defender. She has expanded her skill set to the offensive end.  Scoring and creating for others, as well as open court ball handling and decision making. She will be a great addition to our team and I’m excited she has decided to come to Tech.”

At Three Forks, Mack helped the Wolves to three straight Class B State Tournaments. She averaged 15.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals a game her senior year. She was selected first team All-State and All-Conference her junior and senior years as well as the State All-Tournament Team. As a sophomore, she was selected second team All-Conference.

Mack earned All-State and All-Conference nods her junior and senior seasons in volleyball. On the track, she was All-State three years.

“After my on campus visit and meeting with the team, I think this will be a great fit for me. I appreciate the opportunity and can’t wait to get started,” Mack said.

Also a valedictorian in high school, Mack will fit in well at Montana Tech majoring in engineering.

“I am excited to be a part of the Montana Tech women’s basketball team as well as continuing my education in Butte,” said Mack.

The daughter of Bill and Laurie, she has three siblings: Shann, Shelby and Shainy.

Beltrame is a 5-7 guard who redshirted for the Owls last season. She has all four years of eligibility left.

“In high school, Danielle led her team to one of their best years in recent history and then was a redshirt team member in a very successful program at Oregon Tech last year,” DePell said. “She is going to give us depth at the shooting guard position with three-point accuracy and play-making ability. I have no doubt she will be a great addition to our campus academically and athletically.”

Beltrame played three years of prep for Mt. Spokane High School and her senior year at Deer Park. In her junior season, Beltrame led Mt. Spokane in scoring, shooting percentage, three-point percentage and free throw percentage. As a senior, she averaged 10.5 points, 3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and two steals a game helping Deer Park to its best finish in ten years. She led the team in shooting percentage and three-point percentage and led the Great Northern League in three-point makes with 37. The same season, she earned second team All-Conference and played in the Washing Idaho All-Star game.

“I am very excited to continue my education at Montana Tech. I have been to the school and after meeting coach DePell, I knew Tech was the place for me,” Beltrame said. “I also love Montana and it’s pretty close to home, too.”

The daughter of Dana and Eric, she has one sister named Brooke. She carries a 3.0 GPA to Montana Tech and intends to major in health informatics.

— Information from Montana Tech Sports Information