Women's Basketball Signs Point Guard For 2001-02 season

Nov. 9, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jessica Jones, 5-8 a point guard from Brush Prairie, WA, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball next season at Oregon State University, announced Beaver head coach Judy Spoelstra on Thursday.

'We're excited about Jessica's commitment,' said Spoelstra. 'We think she is a very committed athlete, she works at her game year-round, she lives and breathes basketball - she loves it. She has a real hunger and aggressiveness and intensity for the game - that's not something that you can teach but it's something that people need to bring to the program.'

Jones will join the Beaver squad for the 2000-01 season after graduating from Prairie High School. In her career at Prairie, Jones has earned numerous awards while playing under Coach Al Aldridge. Following her junior season, Jones was named first team All-Greater Saint Helens League and first team all-county (Columbian Super Five), while earning Player of the Year honors for both the league and county. Jones also garnered first team all-state recognition and was named first team all-state tournament, while Prairie finished runner-up in the 1999-00 Washington 4A State Championship game. Prairie won the state championship Jones' freshman and sophomore seasons.

'Jessica's going to give us some added depth at the point guard spot,' commented Spoelstra. 'She's also a good shooter so she could see some time at the two for us somewhere down the road. Being that she is from such a good quality program, she also knows the game extremely well. We're excited, happy for her and happy for her family.'

Jones competed two seasons for the Falcons' soccer team and remains a force on the track team, competing on the 4 x 400 and 4 x 200 relay teams. Her 4 x 400 relay team finished second in state during the 2000 campaign and holds the Prairie school record with a time of 3:57.1.

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