DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis head women's basketball coach Jennifer Gross announced Monday that Utah State guard Katie Toole has signed a grant-in-aid agreement to continue her academic and athletic career with the Aggies.
The 5-foot-10 Toole is the fourth member of the program's 2016-17 class, joining previously announced incoming freshmen Kayla Konrad (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia HS), Cierra Hall (Cypress, Calif. / Fairmont Prep Academy), and Sage Stobbart (North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada / Seycove Secondary School), who signed National Letters of Intent with UC Davis back in November.
Per NCAA rules, Toole must sit out the upcoming 2017-18 season and will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Aggies beginning with the 2018-19 campaign.
"Katie is a tremendous athlete and an efficient scorer, who will add depth at the perimeter spot for us," Gross said. "She also has the ability to be a lock-down defender with her length and speed. Most importantly, Katie is a wonderful young woman and a dedicated student. She will be a great addition to our team and we are excited to start coaching her this summer.”
Last season, Toole helped a youthful Utah State squad that featured 10 underclassmen post its highest-ever finish in the Mountain West Conference standings and its first winning season in four years, as the Aggies advanced to the Women's Basketball Invitational postseason tournament. She shot a shade under 44 percent from the field in 31 games for Utah State, while hitting 43 percent from beyond the arc.
As a freshman, she was an Academic All-Mountain West selection, appearing in 31 games and making 20 starts, averaging better than six points per game and shooting 43 percent from the field. Toole recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at Northern Colorado and added 10 more boards in the conference tournament against Fresno State. She finished in double figures eight times, including a career-high 22 points against Sacramento State in her collegiate debut.
The Farmington, Utah, native prepped at Viewmont HS in Bountiful, Utah, and was named the Utah 5A MVP as a senior along with all-state first team honors. Toole averaged 24.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, and 2.4 apg, during her final prep season, shooting just under 50 percent from the field, 43 percent from beyond the arc, and 72 percent from the line. She also played two seasons of volleyball and was a three-year letter winner for the Vikings' track and field squad, winning the state title in the high jump as a junior.
Toole joins a UC Davis squad that is coming off one of the most successful seasons in the history of the program, finishing with a Division I era record 25 victories and 14 wins in Big West Conference play to claim the league's regular season title, earning a berth to the WNIT -- the program's fifth postseason appearance in its 10-year Division I history. The Aggies, who closed out the regular season with 10 consecutive victories, earned their first-ever postseason win at Utah and advanced to the "Sweet 16" with a one-point road win at Colorado State two days later.
UC Davis loses only one senior off of last season's squad, returning a quartet of All-Big West performers in first-team honorees Morgan Bertsch and Pele Gianotti, second-teamer Dani Nafekh, and Nina Bessolo, who earned a spot on the league's all-freshman squad.
2017 UC DAVIS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNEES
Name (Ht., Yr., Pos., Hometown/Previous School)
Cierra Hall (6-0, Fr., F, Cypress, Calif. / Fairmont Prep Academy '17)*
Kayla Konrad (6-0, Fr., F, Valencia, Calif. / Valencia HS '17)*
Sage Stobbart (6-3, Fr., Post, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada / Seycove Secondary School '17)*
Katie Toole (5-10, Jr., G, Farmington, Utah / Viewmont HS '15 / Utah State)
* denotes previously announced signee