Women's Basketball Signs A Pair For 2002-03 Campaign

Nov. 14, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Casey Bunn, a 6-0 guard from Stayton, OR, and Karen Vickery, a 6-2 forward from Vale, OR, have signed letters of intent to play basketball next season at Oregon State University, announced Beaver head coach Judy Spoelstra on Wednesday.

Bunn will join the Beaver squad for the 2002-03 season after graduating from Stayton High School where she is a three-year starter for head coach Clyde Skipper. Bunn led the Eagles in scoring as a freshman, averaging over 16 points and four rebounds per game. Last season as a junior, Bunn scored 434 points, dished out 80 assists, pulled down 227 rebounds and blocked 80 shots on her way to leading Stayton to an undefeated Capital Conference season. Bunn earned 2001 Capital Conference Player of the Year honors as well as being named 2001 Regional Player of the Year and first team All-State.

'Casey is a strong player at the guard spot,' said Spoelstra. 'She has been afforded the opportunity to play at the guard during her high school career, which has helped her as a taller guard to develop better ball handling and passing skills.

'Casey has good 3-point shooting range and is an exceptional team player with a complete winning attitude.'

Vickery will join Oregon State after finishing her prep career at Vale High School. The all-star center is a two-year letter winner for the Vikings while playing for head coach Tom Huston. During her junior season, Vickery led her team in points, rebounds and blocked shots, averaging a double-double for the year. Vickery poured in 18.9 points, grabbed 11.6 rebounds and blocked 3.1 shots per outing. She was named team Most Valuable Player and earned first team All-Greater Oregon League honors as a junior. Vickery is also a member of the Idaho Elite summer basketball program, coached by Kim Brydges and Kellie Lewis.

'Karen put together a super summer, playing for the Idaho Elite Team,' said Spoelstra. 'She really made her mark as a very powerful player and she'll see action for us at the power forward spot.

'She has a good 15-foot range, can put the ball on the floor and make a move to the basket and is an aggressive competitor.'

Both Bunn and Vickery were all-star volleyball players at their respective schools, each earning second team All-Tournament honors at the 2001 Oregon 3A State Volleyball Tournament.

Oregon State is expected to sign two more players on Thursday.

Women's Basketball signees:
Casey Bunn (Stayton, Oregon/Stayton High School)
Karen Vickery (Vale, Oregon/Vale High School)

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