Baker women’s basketball coach announces recruit signings
New Baker University head women’s basketball coach Ben Lister has been busy this summer, announcing on Tuesday the signing of nine student-athletes for the fall season.
“I’m pleased with the depth of our incoming class,” Lister said. “This is a group that brings versatility, toughness and a winning mentality to our team. Every incoming player will be able to compete for playing time immediately; therefore the competition in practice should be intense and productive.”
The Wildcats are coming off a 15-16 season, ending with a loss in the opening round of the HAAC tournament. All five Wildcat starters either graduated or transferred to Baker’s School of Nursing.
Here’s a look at the incoming class:
Alisha Fanshier, a junior transfer from Barton Community College, was a two-year starter for the Cougars and two-time Jayhawk West all-conference selection, leading Barton to a 21-11 record in 2010-11.
Coach’s Comment: “Alisha has the ability to play multiple spots on the court. Her versatility and experience will be key assets for our team to be successful. I am very excited to have her as part of our program.”
Shelbi Petty, a freshman out of DeSoto High School, brings excellent quickness and basketball IQ to the guard position. She received honorable mention for the all-Class 4A state team her senior year.
Coach’s Comment: “She comes from an excellent basketball background. I look for her to bring toughness and energy to our team. I know she will continue to evolve into a better player over her four years at Baker.”
Kyra Ramsey, a freshman from Republic (Mo.) High School, looks to make an immediate impact as a floor leader and relentless defender. This past season she was named to the 4A all-state team after making a deep postseason run.
Coach’s Comment: “She has great intangibles and toughness on the court. I expect great things from her because I know she expects great things from herself.”
Taylor Tilson, a freshman from Andover was a late signee with the Wildcats. Taylor helped guide her team to a 5A state tournament berth her senior year. She looks to bring physicality, aggressiveness and floor smarts. She also received 5A all-state honorable mention.
Coach’s Comment: “She definitely will have the ability to post up on small defenders, while also being able to step back and shoot the three, which will prove to be helpful at our level. She has a lot of upside.”
Avery Vogts, a freshman from Newton High School, is another versatile in-state player. She was part of a squad that lost only three games and received honorable mention all-Class 5A.
Coach’s Comment: “Avery has good size and a nice stroke from deep. She defends well and continues to work hard on becoming a complete player on both ends. She too has high basketball pedigree and her future at Baker is very bright.”
Ciarra Washington, a transfer from Pittsburg State but originally from Gardner, Kan., will look to build upon her tremendous potential. She will be a physical competitor around the basket at the small forward position.
Coach’s Comment: “We’re definitely going to use her athleticism and ability to score tough points in the paint to our advantage. I know she will continue to develop into a quality small forward at our level.”
Haleigh Tenpenny, a freshman out of Seaman High School in Topeka, received all-Class 5A honorable mention and comes from a program that experienced success.
Coach’s Comment: “Haleigh brings good size and ability to Baker and has a ton of upside. She will help us out in many different areas with her athleticism and strength. I expect her to compete for minutes immediately.”
Megan Bergstrom, a freshman from Basehor-Linwood High School, looks to fill the void in the post. She is tough on the glass and should become an effective low-block threat. Bergstrom was a Kansas Basketball Coaches Association all-Class 4A first-team selection.
Coach’s Comment: “If she continues to work hard, I think she will surprise some people with how good of a player she is. The fact she was named all-state her senior year, goes to show just how much respect she earned in her high school career.”
Rashida Simpson, a freshman from Cajon (Calif.) High School, comes from a team that went 29-2 her senior year. The Wildcats will look to Simpson for her athleticism and winning mentality.
Coach’s Comment: “She’s athletic and a very strong rebounder. She is going to fit in nicely with our system, and we couldn’t be happier to have her at Baker.”
A full 2011-12 schedule will be released soon on the athletics website.