DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire women’s basketball head coach Sue Johnson has announced that five players have signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Wildcats beginning in the 2007-08 season. “We are very excited about our incoming class,” said Johnson, “All five players have had very successful high school careers and bring a wealth of talent to the program.”
The incoming class includes Jill McDonald (Middlebury Union, Vt.), a 6-foot-2 center from Middlebury Union High School. While playing for the Tigers she accumulated 792 career points, 690 rebounds and 385 blocks. Most recently, McDonald was named to the Varsity Magazine All-Star Second Team for the second consecutive season. She was also named to the Addison Independent All-Star First Team for the third straight year. During her freshman year, McDonald led her team to the 2004 Division 1 Vermont state championship and was selected WDEV Player of the Game. McDonald played for the Lone Wolf AAU program.
Further solidifying the frontcourt is 6-0 forward Alexis Kirsteir (Doylestown, Pa.). Kirsteir played four years of varsity at Central Bucks High School as well as for the Pennsylvania Renegades AAU program. This past season Kirsteir was selected the team MVP, putting up impressive numbers all season long. She averaged 14 points per game, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
Also joining the front court is 5-11 forward Denise Bellevieu (Framingham, Mass.) of Framingham High School. Bellevieu passed the 1000-point marker and averaged 21.2 points per game, 10.1 rebounds, 5.8 steals, 3.1 assists, and 2.2 blocks in her senior season. Bellevieu was named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team as well as the Boston Herald All-Scholastic Dream Team. Bellevieu also played for the Massachusetts Puma AAU program.
The Wildcats also welcome two 5-8 guards to the backcourt, Courtney Larsen (Carteret, N.J.) and Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.). Larsen, who attended Carteret High School, broke the 1000-point marker in her senior season. She notched 1,174 career points, 387 rebounds, while dishing out 231 assists. This season she was named an All-Division as well as All-Conference player for the second consecutive year and was named All-County in her junior year. Larsen also played for the Jersey Shore Wildcat AAU program.
Williams attended Lourdes High School and racked up 572 career points. For her efforts this past season she was selected as the league MVP. For the past three years she was named to the All-League and All-Section team. During the 2005-06 campaign, she was named to the state All-Tournament team and to the All-State Fifth Team. Williams also played for the N.Y. Gazelles AAU program.