Women's Basketball Signs Two to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 13, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Jessica Shetters, a 6-foot-6 center from Portland's Wilson High and Ashley Allen, a 5-foot-10 guard from Clovis West High in Fresno, Calif., signed letters of intent Wednesday with the University of Oregon women's basketball team. The two will join the Ducks for the 2003-04 season.

'Jessie and Ashley are first, two tremendous young women, and second, very good basketball players,' second-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'They are the first November signees for this coaching staff, which makes them even more special.'

Allen, who is playing her fourth year of varsity at powerhouse Clovis West, averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.0 steals per game as a junior. She helped her team to conference and sectional titles last season, earning first-team all-league honors and the team's Defensive Player of the Year award. Former Oregon standout Lindsey Dion (1998-01) also attended Clovis West.

'She takes it up in a crowd stronger than anyone else we've had,' Clovis West coach Mark Weber said. 'When she gets inside, she plays much taller than her height. She's a stereotype Oregon player. She's actually similar to Lindsey Dion -- strong, physical and quick.'

All-Star Girls Report rated Allen No. 61 among the nation's juniors and 15th among shooting guards, including the No. 3 shooting guard on the West Coast.

'Ashley is a quintessential Duck with her blue-collar work ethic, athletic flair and charismatic personality,' Smith added. 'Being a Duck, I believe, was in her destiny.'

In summer 2001, she was a member of an AAU team that finished second in the nation. For the past two summers, Ashley has been one of 120 girls from throughout the nation invited to the Adidas All-American Camp. Allen, who became a starter as a sophomore, shot 42 percent from the field and 72 percent on free throws last season en route to all-sectional second-team honors.

Meanwhile, Shetters was a first-team all-league pick last year as a junior after averaging 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks per game. The second-leading scorer in the conference also shot 55 percent from the field and 80 percent from the foul line.

'She's got the ability to handle the ball and can break full-court presses,' Wilson High coach Steve Earle said. 'She's very mobile for someone her size and can shoot it from anywhere.'

As a sophomore, Shetters averaged about 10 points and seven rebounds per game, earning second-team all-league accolades. She also maintains a 3.5 grade-point average at Wilson.

'Jessie is an extremely unique athlete with her tremendous athletic ability and versatility,' Smith said. 'We have recruited her from the beginning as a power forward, as she has both inside and outside scoring potential. Defensively, she could be a 'big' stopper for this team. Jessie's our very own 'Oregon' Duck!'

Shetters, whose older sister, Jennifer, plays at University of New Mexico, would become the second-tallest player in Oregon history, behind only 6-foot-7 Stefanie Kasperski (1986-90).

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