Women's Basketball Signs Third Player to Letter of Intent

Nov. 20, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Kaela Chapdelaine, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Okotoks, Alberta, signed a national letter of intent with the University of Oregon women's basketball team.

Chapdelaine, a senior at Foothills Composite High in Okotoks (OAK-uh-tokes), near Calgary, averaged 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds per game last season. She also shot 41 percent from the floor and 62 percent from the foul line.

'She's just a very athletic, skilled player and has been working at the game for a long time,' second-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'Kaela loves the game, understands the game and has a great work ethic.'

Chapdelaine was the youngest member of Canada's junior national team this past summer and while playing with Oregon freshmen Carolyn Ganes and Yadili Okwumabua.

As a junior, Chapdelaine helped Foothills to the 3A provincial championship and was a starter for the Alberta provincial team.

She moved to Okotoks from Quebec City, Quebec, where as a sophomore for Jesus Marie College, she led her team to second place in the province. She also started at point guard for the Quebec provincial team, which finished fourth in the nation.

She will help fill a void left in the Ducks' back court by senior guards Alissa Edwards, Kourtney Shreve and Shaquala Williams.

Her father, Jacques, was the offensive coordinator for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League last year and played collegiately at Simon Fraser in Burnaby, B.C.

'Our players did a great job in this recruiting season,' Smith said. 'The people we've recruited really want to become teammates with our student-athletes.'

An honor-roll member at Foothills, Chapdelaine joins 6-foot-6 post player Jessica Shetters (Portland, Ore./Wilson HS) and 5-foot-10 guard Ashley Allen (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West) in the Ducks' 2003-04 recruiting class. Despite having one scholarship available, Smith said the Ducks are done with recruiting for this year.

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