UND women's basketball adds two on signing day

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The UND women's basketball program signed two players to letters of intent Wednesday -- one from traditional recruiting ground and one from a unique destination -- New Brunswick, Canada.

Fighting Hawks interim head coach Mallory Bernhard announced the signing of guards Jodi Anderson (Centerville, Minn.) and Allie McCarthy (Grand Falls, N.B., Canada).

"I did a virtual visit, and I really like the campus, dorms, facilities and that the town is a smaller town -- it's like where I'm from," McCarthy said. "The coaches are super nice, and I just thought it was the spot I was looking for."

Anderson, who's 5-foot-11, averaged 15.8 points and 5.7 rebounds as a junior for Centennial, which won a section title and took third at the state tournament in 2018-19. She has a school record for points in a game with 41.

McCarthy averaged 19.4 points, 12.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game as a junior at Fredricton High School. She will play her senior season at Lincoln Prep in Ontario.


"I have prioritized recruiting and really feel it has paid off with the addition of these players," said Bernhard. "Both of them have competed at the highest club level on the EYBL circuit with North Tartan and Kia Nurse Elite.

"I love the athleticism they bring, I love their speed, and their length will be instant assets for us. They're both very effective and multi-dimensional offensive players. Jodi can play any of our guard spots, and Allie can play four positions on the floor."

UND's 2020-21 roster features three seniors, including Preseason All-Summit League forward Julia Fleecs, three juniors, eight sophomores and one freshman.

McCarthy represented Basketball New Brunswick at the 15U and 17U Cnanadian Basketball Nationals. She also won five New Brunswick Provincial Championships.

She said she like to play an up-tempo style.

"I love to go rebound and just push it," McCarthy said.

"We were lucky to discover Allie earlier than most schools," Bernhard said. "Our persistence paid off. She is very long and fast, and has very deep range."

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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