MISSOULA — Lady Griz basketball has been part of Shelby Schweyen’s life since she was a young child — and she has the photos to prove it.
Schweyen, a 5-foot-11 junior from Missoula Sentinel, turned her life-long dream of playing for the Lady Griz into reality when she committed to Montana on Saturday night after the Lady Griz lost to Gonzaga.
“I’m super excited," Schweyen told 406mtsports.com in a phone call. "This has been something that I wanted since I was young, and I’m happy that it’s become a reality and something that I can finally look forward to.”
She shared her commitment Sunday afternoon on Twitter, posting two photos she found a while back that showed her with sisters Jordyn and Sheridan in Lady Griz jerseys from when they were all younger.
She wrote in the tweet, “Finally get to wear these jerseys for real now. So excited to announce I’ve committed to the University of Montana! #GoGriz.”
Her mom, Shannon Schweyen, is in her second year as the Lady Griz head coach and was a Montana assistant coach for 24 years and an All-American player at Montana. Shelby's older sister, Jordyn, was one of Montana’s four signees in the Class of 2018 earlier this month.
“Since I’ve been little, it’s been a dream of mine,” Shelby said of playing for the Lady Griz. “Growing up, being around the team all the time and seeing my sister commit there and my mom become the head coach, it made me want to be there a lot more than before. I knew it was the right place to be.”
Shelby averaged 6.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.1 assists in nine games last season before she suffered an ACL injury in her left knee.
One big goal for her this year is to stay healthy for the full season. She’s playing primarily on the wing and is looking to work on her 3-point shot and pull-up jumper.
As a freshman, she averaged 6.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 24 games.
Shelby was an outside hitter on the Sentinel volleyball team that repeated as Class AA state champions earlier this month. Her sisters were on the team, as well as Montana basketball signee Kylie Frohlich.
She also was in talks with Santa Clara University, she said.