Sister of UND women's basketball player commits to Fighting Hawks

Brainerd Warrior Erika Lane dribbles around a Chisago Lakes defender Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Brainerd High School. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd shooting guard Erika Lane played her first two years of high school basketball with her sister, Olivia Lane of the UND women's basketball team.

Earlier this week, Erika decided to get another chance to play with her big sister.

Erika, who averaged 10.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season, accepted an offer from UND to walk-on to the Fighting Hawks and become part of the 2021 recruiting class.

"I chose UND because I believe they hold their team to a great standard on and off the court," Erika said. "Their team GPA last year was high and that's really cool to see. I am majoring in PT or nursing so that also appealed to me when I went on my visits there.

"The coaching staff is great and so welcoming. I think they've created a great culture."


Erika, who plays AAU in the summer for the Minnesota Suns, is a two-time all-conference selection and averaged 35 percent on 3-pointers last season. She played her first two seasons of high school basketball at Pequot Lakes before her family moved to Brainerd.

Olivia is a 6-2 center coming off her freshman season in 2019-20. She made 25 appearances and two starts, averaging 6.1 points and 4.4 rebounds. She scored a career-high 21 points at New Orleans.

Erika is the fourth UND verbal of the 2021 recruiting class. She joins Jodi Anderson of Circle Pines, Minn., Sophie Olson of El Dorado Hills, Calif., and Miranda VanderWal of Strathvoy, Ontario.

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019 and 2022.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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