Jackson Inks Three Nationally Ranked Recruits

Nov. 20, 2007

SEATTLE - - First-year Washington women's basketball head coach Tia Jackson announced her inaugural recruiting class, Tuesday, a group that includes a trio of nationally ranked prep standouts. Guard Kristi Kingma (Mill Creek, Wash.), forward Liz Lay (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and forward Mollie Williams (Cerritos, Calif.) have signed national letters of intent to enroll at Washington and will join the program for the 2008-09 season.

Lay headlines the group with her No. 18 national ranking by HoopGurlz.com, including a No. 3 billing at her position. Kingma is tabbed No. 44 according to HoopGurlz.com and is the 14th-ranked guard in the country. Williams is also ranked No. 64 by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

'We are delighted to have Kristi Kingma, Mollie Williams and Liz Lay join our program,' Jackson said. 'I couldn't be more pleased with the type of young women and tremendous talents we will have joining our program next season. They each have the athleticism, the skill level to shoot the ball, and the presence to dominate any game. They each have the potential to be outstanding players in the Pac-10 and in the country.'

Kingma is a local product out of Jackson High School in Mill Creek Wash., where she has excelled at not only basketball, but soccer and track and field as well. The 2007 Seattle Times High School Athlete of the Year, Kingma led her prep team to back-to-back state tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007 and was a two-time Wesco MVP. She averaged 16.5 points per game and was the leading scorer at the 2006 4A state tournament with 23 points per game. Kingma is also a two-time all-state soccer player who was recruited by Pac-10 schools to play that sport as well.

'Kristi is an explosive guard who sees the floor well and excels at finishing around the basket,' Jackson said. 'Her other more notable gift is her ability to perfect the mid-range game. She is a bright student who brings a high level of basketball intelligence to our program. Her ability to play both guard positions is something that fits right in with what we are trying to accomplish here.'

Lay, who attends Southeast High School in Oklahoma City, Okla., comes to Washington as a highly touted recruit. Lay was a 2007 first-team all-state selection by the Tulsa World and was a finalist for the 2007 Miss Basketball award. She played club hoops with the Tulsa Swoosh.

'Liz is a powerful presence on either end of the floor that has an incredibly explosive first step,' Jackson said. 'She has the uncanny ability to finish with contact while at the same time perfecting the long range three. Her style of play fits with the up and down tempo of our program and she will be able to dominate smaller defenders inside. Her strong build and fierceness translate well to the next level as a Husky.'

Williams is a forward from Artesia High School in Southern California. Williams was named to the 2005-06 list of Who's Who Among American High School Students and was named to the 2007 Long Beach Press Telegram's first-team All-Dream Team. Williams helped her prep team to a first place league finish as a freshman and has had much success playing in the AAU ranks.

'Mollie brings an athleticism that our program definitely needs,' Jackson said. 'She is not only a player who can be both physical and finesse, but who gives us more depth and versatility at the forward position. She is capable of stepping out and knocking down a 3, but what I love most about her is how she pursues the basketball. She is an outstanding player and we are happy to have another all-around player join our Husky program.'

2008-09 Washington Women's Basketball Letter Of Intent Signee Bios
Kristi Kingma, G, 5-10, Mill Creek, Wash. (Jackson HS)
Liz Lay, F, 6-1, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Southeast HS)
Mollie Williams, F, 6-2, Cerritos, Calif. (Artesia HS)

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