Coming off a season in which the Fort Lewis College womens basketball team won its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout title and hosted an NCAA regional for the second year in a row, the Skyhawks are rolling out their recruits for next year.
Arizona natives Erin Curry and Kaile Magazzeni, Conifers Katie Ellerman and Pagosa Springs product Mary Brinton will join the FLC fold.
Curry, a 5-8 point guard from Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz., twice led Arizonas Class 5A in assists, averaging nearly seven assists per game in her career while exiting as the Huskies career and single-season leader in the category.
Erin is a fantastic point guard that sees the floor extremely well, has a high basketball IQ and will get after it on the defensive end as well, FLC head coach Mark Kellogg said in a news release to The Durango Herald.
Curry was a two-time All-Fiesta Region selection and was tabbed honorable mention once statewide. She spent her offseasons playing for the Arizona Sting club team for six years.
Shell likely bring a fair amount of speed as well: Curry was a member of the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams which hold Hamiltons school records in the events.
Magazzeni, alongside Brinton, will provide quality size down the line with forwards Dana Schreibvogel, Jenna Santistevan and Mary Rose Paiz entering their senior seasons.
The 6-1 center hails from Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz., where she was a first-team All-Arizona, 5A All-State and All-Southeast Valley selection, and she also was tabbed the 5A Central Region Player of the Year as a senior.
Magazzeni averaged 16.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while helping the Hawks to a state quarterfinal berth with a 27-5 record.
She has the (uncanny) ability to always be around the ball, making something happen on both the offensive and defensive side of the court, Kellogg said.
Ellerman is a 5-8 guard from Conifer High School, where she averaged 10.8 points per game as a senior, making 47 percent of her shots. She helped Conifer advance to the elite eight in Class 4A and was first-team All-JeffCo Conference as a senior.
Katie has a high basketball IQ and a good feel for the game, Kellogg said. We also inherit a player with a true understanding of the guard position and who will provide needed depth on the wing for us.
Brinton was the Intermountain League Player of the Year last year at Pagosa Springs, a Class 2A All-State First Team selection and The Denver Posts Class 2A Player of the Year.