Women's Hoops Inks Two Guards in Early Signing Period
Nov. 12, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State has signed guards Mandy Morales of Billings, Mont., and Reagan Pariseau of Liberty Lake, Wash., to study and play basketball for the Sun Devils beginning in 2004-05, ASU head women's basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne announced Wednesday.
'Both of these young ladies are incredible people from awesome families, and we are thrilled to have them join the Sun Devil family,' Turner Thorne said.
A 5-9 guard who can play both guard positions, Morales comes to ASU from Billings West High School in Billings, Mont., where she led her team to a 20-1 record and the AA Montana state championship last year and a runner-up state finish in 2002. She averaged 20.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game and was the MVP of the state tournament. Morales is a three-time all-state and all-conference performer and has been her team's offensive MVP in each of the last two seasons. Last year, she set school records for points (45) and three-pointers (8) in a single game, points in a season (407) and three-pointers made in a season (60). Heading into her senior year, Morales is already Billings West's career leader in free throw percentage at 87 percent. She has scored 758 points and made 102 three-pointers and needs just 81 points and five treys to finish as the school's career leader in each category.
'Mandy is a terrific player. She's very versatile and has played both point guard and off guard for us,' Billings West High School coach Kevin Woodin said. 'I would define Mandy as one of the elite players in the state of Montana. She is a wonderful person and student, and I really think she will fit in well with Coach Turner Thorne's program.'
'Mandy comes from a long line of athletes and coaches and it shows!' Turner Thorne said. 'Her combined basketball skills and smarts are off-the-charts. It is rare to have a player who is that exceptional of a shooter and scorer who is also a great passer. She will bring a lot to our team immediately.'
Pariseau is a 5-5 point guard from Central Valley High School in Veradale, Wash. A 2003 first-team all-area and second-team all-league selection and the Gatorade Rookie of the Year, she was a high school teammate of current ASU freshman Emily Westerberg last year, helping Central Valley to a runner-up finish in the state 4A tournament. She averaged 10 points, 5.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game as a junior. She also teamed with Westerberg and fellow ASU freshman Aubree Johnson on the Spokane Stars AAU team, which won the BCI national 15-and-under basketball titles in 2001 and was the national runner-up in the 16-and-under national tournament in 2002. A three-sport standout who has also lettered in soccer and tennis, Pariseau transferred to Central Valley from Brewster (Wash.) High School where she helped her team to the Washington 1A state title as a freshman and a third-place finish as a sophomore. She also helped lead her Brewster teams to a pair of state tennis titles.
'In my 25 yards of coaching, Reagan Pariseau is the top all-around point guard that has come out of the Spokane Stars program,' said Ron Adams, head coach of the AAU Spokane Stars.
'Reagan is a true point guard and she has all the qualities you need to be a very successful one: smarts, mental toughness and great court awareness,' Turner Thorne said. 'She has tremendous fundamentals on both ends of the court. I am especially excited about how well Reagan leads a transition game and how she creates shots for herself and her teammates.'
ARIZONA STATE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNEESName Ht. Pos. Hometown/SchoolMandy Morales 5-9 G Billings, Mont./Billings West HSReagan Pariseau 5-5 G Liberty Lake, Wash./Central Valley HS
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