Murrell Adds Trio to Women's Basketball Program

Nov. 9, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball program signed three players -- Colleen Betteridge, Shanice Brown and Marisa Stotler -- to National Letters of Intent, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Wednesday (Nov. 9).

The group is highlighted by an in-state athlete, Betteridge, a 5-foot-8 guard from defending State champion Chief Sealth High School in Seattle. In addition, a pair of out-of-state products -- Brown, a 6-foot-3 center from Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, Calif., and Stotler, a 6-foot-1 forward from Dobson High School in Chandler, Ariz. -- completes the trio.

Betteridge, who transferred to Chief Sealth from Redmond High School this fall, averaged 11.7 points and 3.9 assists while earning All-Kingco Second Team honors as a junior at Redmond. In addition, Betteridge, who will play for Chief Sealth Coach Ray Willis, was invited to the 2004-05 Reebok All-American Camp and was selected as an honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith's in its 2004-05 college basketball guide.

In 2001, Betteridge attended the 16 and under Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Championship in Lafayette, La. She won MVP awards at NBC All-Star camps from 2001 to 2003, was the MVP in 2001 and 2003 at the University of Washington basketball camp, and was the Redmond Select MVP in 2001.

'Colleen's ball handling and passing allows her to create scoring opportunities for both her and her teammates,' Murrell said. 'She's also deadly accurate from 3-point range and as a left-hander she's even more difficult to defend off the dribble. She's one of those special players who make the others around her better.'

'Colleen is a well-rounded athlete,' Willis said. 'As a player, she is extremely gifted in terms of her skills as a guard.

'We hope that this year Colleen can help us defend our state title, and then move on to have a great career at Washington State,' Willis added. 'I believe she is one of the top five guards in the state of Washington. Washington State has recruited an outstanding student-athlete.'

As a junior at Elk Grove, Brown averaged 11 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks for a Lady Herd team that finished the season 24-5. Brown, who plays for coach Brian Benson at Elk Grove, tallied seven double-doubles in points and rebounds as well as 16 double-digits point games and 12 double-digit rebounds games last season. Brown was selected as an honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith's in its 2005-06 college basketball yearbook.

Brown was ranked No. 19 in Class of 2006 Top 40 rankings. She was named to the All-Delta League First Team and was a Sacramento Bee All-Metro Team Honorable Mention. Brown also attended the adidas West Coast Evaluation Camp.

'Shanice has all of the tools it takes to be a successful post player in the Pac-10,' Murrell said. 'Her physical size and strength will allow her to match up with almost anyone that we play, but her enthusiasm and willingness to work could be the things that will really set her apart. She's very driven and focused on the goals that she has set for herself.'

'WSU is going to have a player that will go 100 percent for her team,' Benson said. 'Shanice is a dominating post player who is always looking to continually improve. Cougar fans can look forward to a player who is consistently improving, and therefore will improve the team.'

Twice an All-East Valley Region selection, Stotler averaged 20.3 points and 12.4 rebounds for a Dobson team that compiled a 19-9 record and advanced to the third round of the State tournament during her junior season.

A starter in each of her first three years at Dobson, Stotler earned a second team All-State selection as a junior as well as an honorable mention All-State nod as a sophomore. Dobson has reached the State tournament in each of Stotler's first three years at the school.

Additionally, Stotler, who will play for Dobson Coach Tyler Dumas this season, played for the Arizona Elite club team this past summer. Most recently, she has been nominated as a 2006 McDonald's All-American.

'Marisa's combination of size and athleticism will allow her to be a very versatile player for us,' Murrell said. 'She has the height and strength to defend in the post but still has the quickness to get by bigger players on the offensive end. She's only begun to scratch the surface of her potential.'

'Marisa is the diamond in the rough,' Dumas said. 'She is a good basketball player right now, but her potential is unlimited. She possesses a lot of physical attributes that many kids don't have. Not only will Marisa be a great teammate, but she will be a great ambassador for WSU.'
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