UND women's basketball coach Travis Brewster didn't have to travel far to find his latest roster addition.
UND announced Thursday that volleyball standout Faith Dooley will play basketball following her volleyball career.
The Wheatland, N.D., native will have two seasons of basketball eligibility. She plans to pursue a Master's degree.
"It was always in the back of my head since I came in as a freshman, but I knew for sure that I wanted to play after I talked with (UND head women's basketball) coach Travis Brewster about it," Dooley said. "I have missed playing basketball, and though I might have a little rust to knock off, I'm excited to play."
Dooley was a three-sport star at Central Cass High School in Casselton, N.D. The 6-foot-3 center averaged 21 points, more than 12 rebounds and 6 blocked shots in her senior season.
Dooley finished runner-up in the Miss Basketball voting.
"I remember watching Faith play high school basketball," Brewster said. "Faith has uncanny leadership abilities and it's rare to have a multi-sport student-athlete."
Dooley goes into her senior season in volleyball just 12 total blocks shy of the school record (488), set back in 1991 by Karla Danielson. She has scored 1300.0 points in her three seasons, already sixth-most of any UND player in the rally-scoring era. Her .308 career hitting percentage ranks second highest in the school record book.
"I always tell our kids, you only get a chance to be in college once, take advantage of every opportunity," UND head volleyball coach Mark Pryor said. "This was just an opportunity that I thought she should pursue. This is a great opportunity for Faith to continue her education here at North Dakota. She is set to graduate this December, so she will have finished her Bachelor's Degree in three and a half years. By having two seasons to play hoops, she allows herself a great opportunity to finish two degrees here at the University of North Dakota, which will set her up well for her future."