Murrell Adds Hill To Women's Basketball Program

Dec. 8, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball program signed Jackie Hill, a 6-foot forward from Eaglecrest High School in Aurora, Colo., to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Thursday (Dec. 8).

Hill is the fourth addition to WSU's 2005-06 fall recruiting class. She joins Colleen Betteridge, Shanice Brown and Marisa Stotler as members of the class.

'Each of these four commitments fulfills key needs for our program's future,' Murrell said. 'They also represent another step forward in the level of athletes choosing to be a part of Washington State and Cougar Basketball.

'Blue Star Basketball has ranked this class 39th among Division I programs following the fall signing period,' Murrell added. 'We're all looking forward to their very bright futures at WSU.'

Hill, who has played in the Nike USA Cup in each of the past two years and the U.S. Junior Nationals in 2005, averaged 10.1 points and 6.4 rebounds during her junior season under the tutelage of Coach Sherryl Klosterman at Eaglecrest. Hill set a school standard for blocks in a game with six and achieved the second-best mark in school history for blocks in a season (44).

'I'm very excited about the addition of Jackie Hill to this signing class and the Cougar family,' Murrell said. 'She brings a lot of the attributes to the table. Her size and athleticism makes her a very versatile guard and a great fit for Pac-10 basketball.'

A 3-year letterwinner at Eaglecrest, Hill enters her senior season coming off second-team All-Centennial League and all-city accolades in her junior season. As a sophomore, Hill averaged nine points and 5.5 rebounds a contest en route to earning honorable mention all-league and all-city honors. Hill helped lead Eaglecrest to the Colorado 5A State Sweet 16 in each of the past two years.

'WSU has signed a tremendous athlete who is a very versatile player,' Klosterman said. 'Jackie's ability to go strong to the basket and handle the ball makes her a threat from anywhere on the floor, and I believe one of the top forwards in Colorado. I feel Jackie is just starting to tap into her potential.'

In addition to Hill, the remainder of WSU's fall recruiting class includes Betteridge, a 5-foot-8 guard from defending State champion Chief Sealth High School in Seattle and 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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