UC Women's Basketball Welcomes Four Newcomers For 2008-09

Nov. 15, 2007

CINCINNATI -- University of Cincinnati head women's basketball coach J. Kelley Hall announced the signing of four talented recruits from the Class of 2008 to National Letters of Intent during this fall's early signing period. Two forwards from Wisconsin, a two guard from Louisiana, and a point guard from Florida comprise the incoming class for the Bearcats.

"We're very excited about our recruiting class," said Hall. "These players will increase our depth and talent level, and all of them have the opportunity to make a huge impact on our program. We believe we have addressed the needs we will have in the post and we have added depth to our guards."

Val Schuster • G/F • 6-1 • Wausau, Wis.

A versatile frontcourt player with impressive shooting skills, Schuster shot 53% from the floor as a junior at Wausau Newman Catholic in Wausau, Wis. At 6-1, the cerebral forward has guided her team to the state tournament each of the last three seasons, averaging just over 16 points and seven rebounds a game last season.

"Val has the unique combination of being a physical player and a skill player at the same time," said Hall. "She is a great finisher around the basket and has good range. She has excellent passing ability and really brings a total offensive package to the court. Additionally, she has a remarkable work ethic that only compliments her game."

Katie Bushman • C • 6-2 • Phillips, Wis.

A true back-to-the-basket player, Bushman brings size and athletic ability to the Bearcats lineup. A native of Phillips, Wis., she joins Team WI Select 17 (AAU) teammate Val Schuster at Cincinnati. An imposing 6-2 center, Bushman averaged 20.7 points and 16 rebounds a game last summer for Team WI Select 17.



"Katie gives us the total package in the paint," said Hall. "Her presence will make everyone better and she brings with her the physical presence necessary to compete in the BIG EAST. She has great hands and adds power and athletic ability to our front line. She is hungry to learn and really soaks up what she is being taught by her coaches."

Jaquandria "G.G." Williams • G • 5-9 • New Iberia, La.

Arguably one of the best players in southern Louisiana, Williams is lightning-quick on both ends of the floor and is an exciting playmaker. Williams, a 5-9 two guard, averaged more than 19 points a game at New Iberia High School in New Iberia, La. last season and earned Class 5A all-State first-team honors. She also was named All-Acadiana and earned All-District MVP honors after her junior season.

"G.G. is a great wing player and is able to shoot from anywhere on the court. Her quickness makes her incredibly difficult to guard off the dribble," said Hall. "She is constantly working hard to improve her game and is the type of player that considers `winning' as the only important statistic."

Shanasa Sanders • PG • 5-7 • Jacksonville, Fla.

A pass-first point guard, Sanders is a natural leader and is considered a true floor general. A member of the Peach State AAU team (Ga.), Sanders attends Ribault Senior High School in Jacksonville, Fla. She averaged 17.1 points, 3.4 assists and 3.6 steals a game last season for the Trojans.

"Shanasa is the type of point guard we can build our program around," said Hall. "She is difficult to contain because she is so versatile and she will be the most athletic player on our roster. She has the ability to score, to get her teammates the ball, and will add a defensive package to our lineup that will make everyone around her better"