Women's Basketball Signs Three To National Letters of Intent

Nov. 9, 2005

SEATTLE - Washington women's basketball signed three prep standouts to national letters of intent, head coach June Daugherty announced Wednesday. Laura McLellan (Leigh HS/Campbell, Calif.), Sara Mosimon (Kings HS/Seattle, Wash.) and Sami Whitcomb (Buena HS/Ventura, Calif.) make up this year's recruiting class and will join the Huskies for the 2006-07 season.

'The 2006 class is very exciting and we are proud of the additions to our Husky basketball family,' Daugherty said. 'Sara and Sami will add solid scoring and guard play to our perimeter game, while Laura will give us good size and strength in our front line.'

McLellan, a 6-2 post player, is one of two California recruits, coming from Campbell, Calif., and Leigh High School. A four-year letterwinner and three-year team captain, McLellan was a San Jose Mercury News All-Team selection in 2004 and a Cal-High Sports Player of the Week selection in 2005. She led her prep squad to two Blossom Valley League titles in 2003 and 2005, and was a first-team all-league selection as a junior. As just a freshman, McLellan earned league MVP honors, as well as team MVP honors.

'Laura is a talented post player with a low block presence and nice perimeter skills,' Daugherty said. 'She is a tough player on the boards who likes to get into the up tempo style. She enjoyed valuable summer basketball experiences playing with the highly competitive East Bay Xplosion AAU team.'

McLellan led the Xplosion to a third place finish at the 2004 AAU Nationals in North Carolina, as well as team titles at the Adidas Deep South Classic, the California Classic and the Adidas Summertime Invitational, all in 2005.

Mosimon, a 5-9 guard and Seattle native, attends Kings High School in Shoreline, Wash., where she is a talented multi-sport athlete. She earned NCSAA (National Christian School Athletic Association) All-America honors in both basketball and volleyball last year as a junior. A two-time first-team All-State selection in basketball (2004, 2005), Mosimon led her prep squad to the 2005 2A state title and was a unanimous pick for MVP honors at the 2A state tournament.

'Sara is an accomplished multi-sport athlete who is a proven winner,' Daugherty said. 'She is a combination guard who brings strong skills and a great deal of athleticism to our program. She is very well suited to play in the Husky pressure defense and up tempo scoring systems. Sara is a well coached player from the state of Washington that makes everyone around her a better player.'

Mosimon was a two-time Cascade League MVP (2004, 2005) and led her squad to three straight district and league championships. Not only an excellent hoops player, she was named the Seattle Times 2A Volleyball Player of the Year and was a two-time all-state selection. Mosimon also excels in track and field, winning the javelin title and finishing runner-up in the high jump at the 2004 state meet.

Washington's third signee is Whitcomb, a 5-10 guard out of Buena High School in Ventura, Calif. Whitcomb was a two-time first-team All-Channel League and All-Ventura County selection the last two seasons. She was also selected as the Co-Channel League MVP, the Co-County Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection as a junior. Her Buena team advanced as far as the regional semifinals during her sophomore and junior seasons.

'Sami is a skilled competitor at the guard position with a high basketball IQ,' Daugherty said. 'She understands the game and plays with toughness and tenacity. Sami is a gifted scorer who can create for herself and teammates. Sami gained valuable experience playing for one the of the premier high school coaches in the country, Joe Vaughan.'

In addition to her accolades on the basketball court, Whitcomb also excelled in track and field. As a junior she placed second in the Channel League in the spot put.

Washington Women's Basketball NLI Signee Bios

Laura McLellan
Forward o 6-2
Campbell, Calif. (Leigh HS)

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner and three-year team captain at Leigh HS in San Jose, Calif....Cal-High Sports Player of the Week during junior season...San Jose Mercury News All-Team selection (2004)...led prep squad to two league titles (2003, 2005)...first-team all-league selection as a junior... sophomore of the year in 2004...Blossom Valley Athletic League MVP and team MVP as just a freshman...tournament MVP at the Bill Getris Classic (2004-05)...two-time all-tournament team selection at the Archbishop Mitty New Years Classic (2003, 2004)...also named to all-tournament teams at the West Valley Classic (2003-04) and the Notre Dame Classic (2003-04)...four-year member of the Silicon Valley Fury under coach Dietetrich Numberg and two-year member of the East Bay Xplosion under coaches Sean Dulan and Mark Anger...led Xplosion to tournament titles at the Adidas Deep South Classic in Georgia (2005), the California Classic in Long Beach, Calif. (2005) and Adidas Summertime Invitational in Fresno, Calif. (2005)...helped Xplosion to third place finish at AAU Nationals in North Carolina (2004)...two-time participant at the Oregon End of Trail tournament (2004, 2005) and the Adidas National Showtime tournament (2005).

PERSONAL: Laura Anne McLellan...born in Mountain View, Calif.....daughter of Hollie and John McLellan...has two older brothers Christopher (26) and Matthew (24), and an older sister Michelle (19)...enjoys movies, music and spending time with friends.

Sara Mosimon
Guard o 5-9
Seattle, Wash. (Kings HS)

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner in basketball at Kings HS in Seattle...team captain as senior...a talented multi-sport athlete...NCSAA All-American in both basketball and volleyball as a junior...two-time first-team All-State selection in basketball (2004, 2005)...led prep squad to 2005 2A state title and was a unanimous pick for MVP honors at the 2A state tournament...two-time Cascade League MVP (2004, 2005)...led squad to three straight district and league championships (2003, 2004, 2005)...team finished third at state championships in 2003, fourth in 2004...played club basketball for Clutch Players (Portland, Ore.) under Jason Fawcett, was well as for HoopGurlz (Seattle) for coach Glenn Nelson and Hoopaholics (Seattle) under coach Lisa Faidley...also a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and a three-year letterwinner in track...2005 Seattle Times 2A Volleyball Player of the Year... two-time all-state selection (2003, 2004) and three-time league MVP (2003, 2004, 2005) in volleyball...won the 2004 state title in the javelin, while also earning runner-up honors in the high jump at the same meet...placed fifth in the javelin at the 2004 Junior Olympics.

PERSONAL: Sara Margaretta Mosimon...Seattle native...daughter of Stefani and Charlie Mosiman...has two older sisters, Carissa (23) and Christina (20)...grandfather Dr. Roscoe Mosimon attended UW...hobbies include fishing, reading, shoe shopping, and watching football.

Sami Whitcomb
Guard o 5-10
Ventura, Calif. (Buena HS)

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner and one-year team captain in basketball at Buena HS...two-time first-team All-Channel League and All-Ventura County selection (2004, 2005)...Co-Channel League MVP (2005)...selected Co-County Player of the Year by coaches (2005)...first-team all-state (2005)...all-league honorable mention as a freshman...helped squad to two Channel League titles (2003, 2005)...team advanced as far as the regional semifinals her sophomore and junior seasons...played club basketball for the Ventura Stars under coaches Mikko Giordano and Leanne Ishikawa, Ventura Galaxy under coach Robin Hester and FBC Blue out of Los Angeles for coach Ray Mayes...also a two-time letterwinner in track and field (2004, 2005)...placed second in league in shot put, first in the county for seeded throwers (2005).

PERSONAL: Samantha Allison Whitcomb...born in Ventura, Calif....daughter of Jan and Sander Whitcomb...has an older brother, Jason (19)...great uncle Roy Schmidt played in the NFL with the Falcons, 49ers and Redskins in the '60's and '70's...hobbies include music, movies, reading and roller coasters...tutored for Project Understanding...member of the school Chess Club.

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