Robin Selvig and the Montana Lady Griz landed another blue chipper from down the Bitterroot: Hamilton’s Taylor Goligoski committed to the women’s basketball program Wednesday.
Montana’s fledgling softball program stands to benefit, as well.
Goligoski announced she was going to be a Lady Griz in 2015-16 via Twitter, not long after accepting a scholarship offer from Selvig.
“Robin offered me yesterday morning, and around noon today I called and accepted,” she said. “It feels good to go into the school year with that weight off my shoulders. It’ll be nice.”
Goligoski is a 5-foot-8 guard who could play both the point and shooting guard for the Lady Griz. She led the Southwestern A in scoring the last two seasons, and in 2013-14 she poured in 20 points and 9.2 rebounds – that also led the conference – while Hamilton went 19-4.
The Broncs advanced to the State A title game, where they lost 52-43 to Havre.
Goligoski has twice been all-state for both basketball and softball, and had been recruited heavily for both sports. UM softball coach Jamie Pinkerton offered a scholarship first, after an all-star game in Belgrade earlier this month.
She waited for Selvig’s offer knowing the NCAA allows basketball scholarship athletes to play softball and not vice-versa.
Goligoski’s talents drew interest from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. She scheduled visits to Eastern Washington as well as Division II Seattle Pacific (which doesn’t offer softball) and Montana State-Billings (which does).
In the end the only visit she made was to UM’s Missoula campus.
“A lot of the reason was yes, to play both sports,” said Goligoski, who hit .500 with eight homers, 35 runs batted in, 26 steals and 41 runs scored for the 21-7 Broncs this past spring. “But also to stay close to home and watch some of my brother’s games and to be closer to family and friends.”
Goligoski’s brother Tanner will be an eighth-grader this fall.
The senior to be shot 51 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the line last basketball season, and averaged three steals and two assists a game. She can sign her national letter of intent when the NCAA Division I early signing period for basketball begins on Nov. 12.
Selvig and his staff cannot comment on recruits until after they sign their letters of intent.