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Evergreen women's basketball recruits strong incoming class

June 29, 2004

Olympia, WA - The Evergreen State College women's basketball team addressed a need, added a pair of experienced transfers and signed one of the top high school players in the Puget Sound are, among a solid recruiting class announced Tuesday.

Evergreen's top high school recruit will be Kamrica Ary- Turner from Decatur High School in Federal Way. Ary-Turner, a 5-10 swing player, was named first team All-SPSL South after leading the division in scoring at 17.1 points per game. She added 9.6 rebounds and shot 51.2 percent form the field, 42.8% from three-point range. Ary-Turner, who has a 3.2 grade point average at DHS, joins a Geoduck team that made its first post-season appearance in 2004.

"Kamrica is going to be an excellent player for us for the years to come," said associate head coach Myc Heuer. "She could be the most versatile player on our roster, that will depend on how quickly she adapts to the college game. In high school, she had to play every position at one time or another. She can post up on the black as well as play out on the perimeter to shoot three of drive."

Despite the presence of sophomore-to-be Jenny Olson, perhaps the top rookie post player in the Cascade Collegiate Conference last season, Head Coach Monica Heuer, who will return from maternity leave in time to direct her annual camp in July, knew her team needed to get stronger inside. She'll have two new posts to work with in 2004-05.

Lindsey Watson, a physically strong 6-1 post form Umpqua CC in Roseburg, OR, comes to Evergreen after backing up two post players who signed with NCAA Division I schools. She has an excellent chance to start at the center position, allowing Heuer to move Olson back to her natural power forward spot.

Alexandria Estelle, from Crossroads High School in St. Louis, MO, led her league in rebounding with 12 per game and also averaged 8ppg.

"Alex is a physical player who does the dirty work under the basket," said Myc Heuer.

Experience will come from two senior transfers, one who is no stranger to South Sound Basketball fans.

Leslie Jacobsen, a 5-9 forward, returns to Olympia after playing a season at the University of Montana-Western. She earned MVP honors and was a first-team All-NWACC choice at South Puget Sound Community College, leading the Clippers during the 2002-03 season with 18 ppg and 9rbpg. She graduated for Puyallup High School where she also earned all-league honors.

"Leslie is a great addition to our program. She has excelled as a student and as a player," said Heuer. "We really like her work ethic and her ability to score in the post and on the perimeter. Her physical presence on defense and strength in rebounding definitely addresses on of our weaknesses."

Lexi Baruso, a 5'3 All-NWAACC guard at North Seattle Community College in 2002-03 after scoring 14.5 ppg and averaging 3.5 assists, returns to the Northwest from Menlo College in California.

"Lexi is a very athletic and can play both the point and off-guard positions effectively," said Heuer. "She adds depth, experience and athleticism to our team which we consider to be our strengths for this coming season. She fits in with our style of play and our goal of being a more balanced scoring team."

The Geoducks also signed an outstanding freshman form elsewhere in Southwestern Washington in versatile 5-7 guard Courtnie Wilson from Mark Morris HS in Vancouver.

"She adds athletic ability and depth to our back court, she can play the point, shooting guard and small forward positions," said Heuer. "She is a very good defender & rebounder. She has the ability to score (26 points against Yelm High School)."

The Geoducks will also get a boost from on campus as redshirt guard/forward Dalia Gomez, a 5-8 transfer for Oxnard CC in California, becomes eligible. Gomez is a potentially explosive scorer who has worked hard to increase her fitness level and skills in her time away from the court. She was an All-Western State Conference selection during her final season with the Condors.