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DWU women’s basketball signs Division I transfer

The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team received a verbal commitment from former NCAA Division I player Gabby Frykbo for the 2014-15 season, it was announced Friday.

The guard will join the Tigers as a transfer from Colorado State University. The native of Sodertajie, Sweden, played with the Swedish national team from 2008 to 2013. She ranked first on the Swedish U20 team in 3-pointers made in 2013.

“She has some experience playing a pretty high level,” DWU women’s basketball coach Jason Christensen said. “She is a great get for Dakota Wesleyan.”

Frykbo’s ties to the area came through former Wagner High School girls basketball player Mandy Koupal, who let Christensen know about her. Koupal was an assistant coach with the Rams last season and is moving back to Wagner to take a job as a middle school teacher. Christensen also coached in Wagner High School earlier in his career.

“When she came to visit our school she fell in love with it and it had a lot of what she was looking for,” Christensen said.

Frykbo will compete for playing time in her first year with the Tigers, according to Christensen, and could help to fill the voids left by graduated seniors Taylor Piper and Amanda Hart. Christensen added that Frykbo is capable of playing at the point guard or shooting guard positions. She was a shooting guard for the Rams last season.

With the Rams last season, Frykbo averaged 1.8 points per game, with a season high seven points coming in a 60-point win over the Air Force Academy on Feb. 8.

Frykbo, who stands 5-foot-5, joins the 17-member recruiting class that Christensen has assembled for the upcoming season.

“We brought in a great group of kids this season,” Christensen said. “It says a lot for our program. We retain our kids. Nobody is leaving the program and to have 17 kids want to come play here is great.”

The Tigers open the 2014-15 season at the Doane Classic in Crete, Neb. on Oct. 31.