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Missoula's Roberts verbally commits to Wyoming

By Vince Bagby, Sports Director, vbagby@keci.com
Published On: Sep 09 2013 05:20:48 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Heading into her senior year at Missoula Sentinel, standout basketball player Olivia Roberts had narrowed her list of colleges down to playing at either the University of Montana or the University of Wyoming.

“I definitely respect both programs,” said Roberts. “Actually both programs respect each other and so it was awesome that there wasn’t any fighting between the two trying to get me.  Both coaches said whichever program you pick is an awesome choice.”

“It’s a win-win no matter where she goes,” explained Sentinel girls head basketball coach Karen Deden.  “Both programs are successful and I think programs have a great coaching staff and I think that’s how she felt going into it.”

Roberts said entering this past weekend she was actually leaning towards playing for the Lady Griz, but the Missoula native's official visit to Laramie changed her mind.

“I fell in love with it and I just knew that was the place,” said Roberts. “It just seemed like a great community and everyone loves women’s basketball and that was one thing that was awesome.  Everyone looked forward to the games and everyone recognized the girls and stuff and so I thought that was awesome.”

Roberts says it was definitely hard to say no to Coach Robin Selvig and the same Lady Griz program that her mother played for, who now resides in the Grizzly athletic hall of fame.

“It’d be cool to play where my Mom did and everything but there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that if anything it’s going to be a good decision so I’m excited.”

The University of Wyoming has certainly scored a very talented athlete out of Missoula.  Roberts has already made two all-state selections and won two state championships entering her senior season.

“If you were going to war, you’d pick Liv, because she’s going to win it for you,” explained Deden. “There are very few athletes who are as motivated as Olivia and I’ve been blessed with four or five during my career here at Sentinel.”

Now that she’s made her commitment to the University of Wyoming, Roberts can solely focus on her senior season as a Sentinel Spartan. 

“Being able to get that off my chest and everything is awesome,” agreed Roberts.  “I can enjoy my senior year.  We want to try for that 3-peat so that’s what I’m focused on right now, for sure.”