Thursday, May 15, 2008

Women's Basketball brings in great talent

After another very successful season, it seems that the GU women's basketball team is becoming a dominant force in the WCC. This has a great chance of continuing, as head coach Kelly Graves has brought in a very talented and versatile 3 woman class.

The standout player in the class is Kayla Standish, a native of Ellensburg, Washington. Standish is a 6'2 forward, and continues the trend of very highly ranked players choosing GU. Standish has been ranked as high as the 71st overall player in her class, and as the 9th ranked forward. Standish had a great high school career, as she was named the Washington 2A state player of the year in both her junior and senior seasons. Her senior year, she led the Ellesnburg Bulldogs to a second place finish in the state tournament. Standish has the ability to play both inside at the post position, while having range extending to the 3 point line. Standish is also a highly acclaimed volleyball player, while she also excels in track and field. She was also recruited by WSU, UW, and Georgia Tech among others.

The second player to sign during the early period was Shannon Reader from Lake Oswego, Oregon. Reader is a 6'2 center who is a strong rebounder and defender. Her scoring really improved during her senior season, as she was the second leading scorer on her team. She transferred to Oswego from Century High School, where she averaged a double-double in both her freshman and sophomore years. Reader will provide the Lady Zags with another big body, who is willing to sacrifice herself on both ends of the floor.

The Lady Zags recently picked up a commitment from Kelly Bowen who is a native of Australia. She is a 6'2 PF who played for Frankston Blues, which is part of the Big V league in Australia. Bowen is a consistent double double threat, and is a highly skilled scorer. In her most recent season, Bowen averaged 13.9 pts and 11.5 rebounds while scoring nearly all of her baskets around the hoop. Bowen is a traditional post player, and will bring a strong post presence to the Zags. Bowen was also the MVP of her league during the 2007 season.

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