Women's Basketball Inks Three Standouts

Nov. 14, 2001

Three top girls basketball players have signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Washington next fall, head coach June Daugherty announced Wednesday. Erica Schelly, Angie Jones and Jill Bell, a group loaded with talent and experience, will play for the Huskies beginning in the fall of 2002.

'We are really pleased with this recruiting class,' said Daugherty, who begins her sixth season at Washington. 'We are excited about their athleticism and the type of people they are. All three are excellent student-athletes and people whom we have had a chance to see play throughout the summer in national competitions. All of them fared well at that level.'

As a 5-foot-11 guard, Schelly joins the Huskies from Fort Collins, Colo. (Poudre HS) as a NIKE All-American. She led the Impalas to the Sweet 16 of the Class 5A state tournament in each of her three basketball campaigns, along with a third place finish in the Northern Colorado league three straight years. Schelly garnered first team all-conference honors in 1998, 1999 and 2000, while also earning all-state honorable mention honors her last two seasons.

'Erica Schelly is a six-foot guard who can play the one or two positions,' Daugherty said. 'She is a versatile guard and a heady-type player who is one of the hardest working high school players we have had an opportunity to evaluate and recruit.'

Jones, a 5-foot-9 guard out of Seattle, Wash. (Holy Names Academy) led Holy Names to two consecutive Class 3A state appearances. While also helping her team win two Metro league championships in 1999 and 2000, Jones was invited to NIKE's Best in the West tournament and the Superstar Basketball Camp. She did not play basketball during her junior season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament but returns for her senior year.

'Angie Jones is someone we have had the pleasure of watching over the past couple of years,' said Daugherty. 'She is one of the quicker guards out there and is somebody we are really going to count on to help increase our quickness at the perimeter position.'

Bell, a 6-foot-0 forward hailing from Bellevue, Wash., (Bellevue HS) earned honorable mention honors in the KingCo league her sophomore and junior seasons. She led the Wolverines to a first place finish in conference play all three years and to sixth place at the Class 3A state championship in 2001. Bell also excelled in track and field, claiming the top mark in the state's long jump two consecutive years.

'Jill Bell is a phenomonal athlete who is going to come in here and really help us in the front-line play with her defense and rebounding,' said Daugherty. 'She is also help us in her ability to block shots and run the floor.'

The Washington women's basketball team opens its 2001-02 regular season on the road against Montana State on Fri., Nov. 16 and then heads further east to face Wisconsin on Sun., Nov. 18. The Huskies return home for the Seattle Times Husky Classic Fri.-Sat., Nov. 23-24.

Letter-of-Intent Biographies

Erica Schelly
Guard 5-11 Fort Collins, Colo. (Poudre HS)c

Earned NIKE All-America honors
Enters her senior season as a Street and Smith's Preseason all-America pick and member of the Denver Post Colorado all-star team
Led Poudre High to the Class 5A state tournament three straight years
First Team All-Conference honoree for 1998, 1999 and 2000
Garnered honorable mention All-State honors as a sophomore and junior
Named to the academic all-state team three years in a row
Three year letterwinner and two-time team captain
Chose Washington over Indiana, Colorado State and San Diego State

At Poudre High
Junior (2000-01): Led team to the Sweet 16 at the class 5A state tournament ... averaged 16 points per game ... served as team captain ... earned first team All-Conference honors and All-State honorable mention honors ... selected to the NIKE All-American camp ... competed in the End of the Oregon Trail tournament where team finished in fifth place ... played in the U.S. Jr. Nationals in Washington D.C. and placed third in tournament ... Sophomore (1999-00): Led the Impalas to third place in league play and a Sweet 16 appearance in the state tournament ... averaged 14 points per game ... earned All-Conference honors ... led team to a first place finish at U.S. Jr. Nationals ... Freshman (1998-99): Helped team to round of 16 finish at state tournament ... named to first team All-Conference team ... averaged 12 points a contest.

Erica Schelly ... daughter of Don and Cathy Schelly ... born August 26, 1983 in Fort Collins ... has three older brothers, Bob (25), Jeff (25) and David (21) ... father works for the United States Postal Service and mother is an occupational therapist ... carries a 3.9 grade point average ... also competed in volleyball.

June Daugherty on Erica Schelly
'Erica is in a program right now where she is very well-coached both in her high school and nationally, playing for Rick Lopez' Colorado Hoopsters. She is somebody who will provide us with versatility at the guard position. She is a very heads-up type player who certainly can score and get her teammates involved.'

Kari Doering (Poudre High girls basketball coach)
'Erica has good size for a point guard. She shoots very well, but her greatest asset is her work ethic and her passion for the game. She is the best player to come out of our school and we are very excited to see her play for June Daugherty at the University of Washington. I worked as an assistant at Boise State under June and I know how she motivates her players, which will be a perfect fit for Erica because she is so goal-oriented. I believe she will be a great fit for the Huskies and add to their success.'

Angie Jones
Guard 5-9 Seattle, Wash. (Holy Names Academy)

Led Holy Names Academy to two straight Class 3A state appearances
Helped team to two consecutive Metro league championships
Played in the Little Oregon City tournament and was named to the all-tournament team
Competed in San Diego's Beach Classic and guided team to fourth place finish
Invited to NIKE's Best in the West tournament
Two-time state high jump champion in 1999 and 2000
National Honor Society member and president of the Black Student Union
Chose Washington over California, Texas, Washington State and Idaho

At Holy Names Academy
Junior (2000-01): Did not play due to a torn ACL ... Sophomore (1999-00): Helped team to a sixth place finish at the Class 3A state tournament ... guided team to Metro league championship and third place in regional play ... competed in the Little Oregon City tournament and was named to the all-tournament team ... invited to NIKE's Best in the West tournament ... earned first team all-star at the Superstar Basketball camp ... Freshman (1998-99) Led Holy Names to a tenth place finish at the state tournament ... helped team to Metro league championship ... competed on the Seattle Magic.

Angie Jones ... daughter of Gerald and Margy Jones ... born May 8, 1984 in Seattle ... has one older brother Jerry (36) and one older sister, Jia (31) ... father works as an assistant fire marshall for Pierce County and mother is a supervisor in electrical services ... uncle Gregory Jones attended the University of Washington ... carries a 3.6 grade point average ... also competed in track and field.

June Daugherty on Angie Jones
'Angie's ball-handling and vision on the court is very, very good. She has the ability to score in bunches and defensively she will be a great addition to the Washington program.

Jana Porter (Holy Names Academy Athletic Director)
'Angie is a leader on our team. She is quick and smart and will be a great fit in June Daugherty's program because she is such a hard worker. I rave about her because she is a good player and a great all-around person. She was out with an injury last season and our program lost a little bit of its luster, but we are looking forward to her return and eventually watching her on the collegiate level.'

Jill Bell
Forward 6-0 Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue HS)

Led Bellevue High to state tournament three straight years
Helped team to a first place finish in league play three consecutive seasons
Earned honorable mention conference honors her sophomore and junior campaigns
Also competed in track and field and placed ninth at the Youth World Championships in 1999 and was the state champion in the long jump two consecutive years
Was also a member of the 4x4 relay that earned first place at state championships
Named Eastside Journal's Player of the Week and the Seattle Times Player of the Week
Chose Washington over Stanford, Notre Dame, Houston and Oregon

At Bellevue High
Junior (2000-01): Led Bellevue to sixth place finish at the Class 3A state tournament ... helped the Wolverines to a first place finish in conference play ... earned honorable mention All-KingCo honors ... Sophomore (1999-00): Guided team to fifth place in postseason tournament ... assisted team to first place in final conference standings ... selected as an honorable mention All-KingCo honoree ... Freshman (1998-99): Helped team advance to fifth place finish at state tournament and first place in KingCo play ... named team's most improved player.

Jill Bell ... daughter of David and Ingrid Bell ... born June 14, 1983 in Seattle ... has one younger sister, Danielle (14) ... father works in sales and mother is in human resources ... maintains a 3.45 grade point average ... father David attended the University of Washington ... also competed in track and field.

June Daugherty on Jill Bell
'Jill Bell is definitely a force to be reckoned with because of her athleticism and 6-foot-2 frame. She is a phenomenal athlete who is going to come in here and really help us in the front-line play with her defense and rebounding.'

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