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WBB: Vikings sign VC native Allyson Suhr

May 29th, 2014 @ 11:47 am | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
The newest addition to the Valley City State University women's basketball team is a familiar face for local fans.

Viking women's basketball coach Jill DeVries announced Thursday that Valley City native Allyson Suhr has signed a letter of intent to attend VCSU and play for the Vikings this fall.

Suhr, who graduated from Valley City High School in 2012, played basketball the past two seasons at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D.

"We are pleased and excited that Allyson is going to join our program," DeVries said. "She has tremendous potential as a post player in our league and her skill-set fits the style of basketball we like to play."

A 6-foot center, Suhr averaged 6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season while shooting 60 percent from the field. Suhr played in 28 games and started 18, helping the Wildcats to a 23-7 record and a runner-up finish in NJCAA Region XIII. She posted a season-best 21 points and 13 rebounds in a November victory against Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

Suhr said Thursday she is excited to be close to home, and both the academic and athletic programs made VCSU a good fit. Fans who watched her at Valley City High School will notice a difference in her game at the college level.

"Even from playing last year as a freshman to this year, I just became more comfortable with my game and my confidence has gone up," she said. "It's my style of play at VCSU, and I think it will be a good fit."

DeVries said Suhr's size and work ethic are a welcome addition at VCSU.

"She will immediately help fill our needs in size and rebounding," said DeVries. "With continued work on her part, she can come in and play right away."

Suhr's work ethic extends off the court where she was honored for her academic prowess at NDSCS. She was named to the President's Honor Roll all four semesters at NDSCS and was a 2-time honoree on the Mon-Dak Athletic Conference Academic Team. Suhr also earned a spot on the NJCAA All Academic Team after her freshman season.

Suhr plans to continue her education by studying psychology at VCSU. She is the daughter of John and Bobbi Suhr.