Five Preps Sign Letters of Intent With Women's Basketball

Nov. 8, 2000

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon women's basketball team secured its future Wednesday with the signing of five high school standouts to letters of intent. And the Ducks' future appears promising.

Andrea Bills (Moreno Valley High/Moreno Valley, Calif.), Brandi Davis (Sonorah High/La Habra, Calif.), Kedzie Gunderson (Bellevue High/Bellevue, Wash.), Amy Parrish (Hanford High/Hanford, Calif.) and Amy Taylor (Shorewood High/Shoreline, Wash.) will join the two-time defending Pac-10 champion Ducks for the 2001-02 season.

'Collectively, this group increases our athleticism significantly,' eighth-year Oregon coach Jody Runge said. 'They fill a lot of needs we are losing or haven't had in the past. They are great people as well as great players, which may be the most significant loss we have with our five current seniors.'

-- Bills, a 6-foot-3 center, averaged 24 points, 11 rebounds and more than four blocks per game as a junior at Moreno Valley High. Moreno Valley has a 79-10 record during her three years as a varsity member. ''Drea is a true center,' Runge said. 'She's a great athlete with great hands and has a knack for sticking the ball in the basket. She will be a rebounder like we've never had before.'

-- Davis, a 6-foot point guard from Sonorah High, will add versatility to the Oregon lineup. Ranked by All-Star Girls Report as the fifth-best wing among all high school juniors last year, she averaged 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals per game. 'Brandi is the best athlete of the group,' Runge said. 'Her style of play is very similar to Shaquala Williams, only at 6-feet. She is very dynamic and will be very fun for our fans to watch.'

-- Gunderson averaged 14 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game for Bellevue High her junior season. A 6-foot guard/forward, Gunderson earned second-team all-state honors after last year. 'Kedzie is a very physically strong player. She can really shoot the three (37 percent last season). A lot of poeple will make comparisons to Lindsey Dion with her hustle-plays.'

-- Parrish, a 6-foot-2 forward, averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior, leading Hanford High to a 32-4 record along with conference and sectional championships. She has helped Hanford to an 88-12 overall record in three years on the varsity squad. 'A big, strong power forward, she will remind people of Angelina Wolvert. She's a strong utitily player who can score inside and shoot the three as well.'

-- Taylor, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged more than 17 points, four assists, four rebounds and two steals for Shorewood High as a junior. For her efforts, she was awarded all-league honors. 'Amy can really shoot the basketball. She has a strong personality and great leadership qualities. She is an excellent communicator.'

'Coach Dan Muscatell has done a tremendous job recruiting these players,' Runge added. 'We feel very proud and excited about our new additions. They're all capable to play as freshmen, and their success as freshmen will be a huge part of our depth.'

Following this season, the Ducks lose five seniors, which include All-Pac-10 players Angelina Wolvert, Lindsey Dion and Brianne Meharry along with Jenny Mowe and Camber Ellingson.

Oregon won its second straight Pac-10 championship last season after going 14-4 in the conference. The Ducks finished 23-8 a year ago after losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


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