Women’s Basketball Signs Three Recruits

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire head women's basketball coach Maureen Magarity is pleased to announce that Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio), Kaylee Kilpatrick (St. John, New Brunswick) and Alexandra Leftridge (Melville, N.Y.) have each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the UNH women's basketball program and attend the school in the fall.

Gaston, a 5-7 guard from Start High School, helped the Spartans capture the City League championship and reach the Divison I state semifinals in 2010, earning Third Team All-District honors. Before transferring to Start last fall, Gaston was a standout player at Southview where she was named First Team All-League as a sophomore and junior. Gaston also earned Second Team All-League accolades during her freshman campaign.

"Ariel is a player with great breakdown ability, sees the floor well and is a natural leader on the court" said Magarity "Her athleticism and ability to push the ball in transition will be a great addition to our program."

Kilpatrick, a 6-4 forward from St. John, New Brunswick, was a four-year letterwinner at Harbour View High School, where she was named the team MVP all four seasons. She helped her team capture the New Brunswick Juvenile Girls Basketball Championship from 2009-11 and was named a New Brunswick Basketball Coaches Association 2011 Conference All-Star.

"Kaylee's ability to face-up and her interior passing skills will be an asset in our offensive system," said Magarity. "She has a great touch around the basket and will help fill the void left by the graduation of both Jill McDonald and Kate Early. With her size, she has the potential to be a dominating post in the America East."

At Harbour View, Kilpatrick was a two-time Junior Female Athlete of the Year and the Co-Senior Female Athlete of the Year. She also participated in volleyball, earning team MVP honors all four years.

Alexandra Leftridge, a 5-10 guard/forward from Walt Whitman High School, scored over 1,000 points in her career as a four-year starter for the Wildcats and was a McDonald's All-American Nominee in 2011.

"Ali's length and energy on the defensive end will bring a new dimension to our team," said Magarity. "Her versatility on the perimeter and in the paint is very exciting. We love her first step and quickness to get to the rim."     

The New York native racked up multiple accolades throughout her tenure at Whitman, headlined by team MVP awards during her freshman and junior seasons. Leftridge was also named Rookie of the Year in 2008, was an All-League selection in 2009 and earned All-Country honors as a junior.

The Wildcats add Gaston, Kilpatrick and Leftridge to a recruiting class that already included Stephanie Spoto (Pittsford, N.Y.), who was signed during the early period in November.

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