Coach Oties Epps and the UE women’s basketball program announced their four-player 2013 recruiting class on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s week-long early signing period.
—Sasha Robinson, 6-foot-1 forward at Brown County (Ind.) High School
Epps on Robinson, who averaged 12.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a junior: “We are really excited for Sasha to join our program. She is a BCS caliber athlete with length that will help us on both ends of the court. She is a hardnosed kid that has a knack for rebounding. She also has the versatility to play around and away from the basket. She will make an immediate impact on our program both on and off the court.”
—Kenzie Gustin, 5-foot-11 guard/forward at Pendleton Heights (Ind.) High School
Epps on Gustin, who averaged 15.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game as a junior: “We would like to welcome Kenzie and her family to the Aces family. Kenzie is a versatile guard/forward that has the ability to knock down threes, handle the ball and finish around the basket. She is a great fit for our system and she is committed to her development and the opportunity that she has to contribute to our program.”
—Caitlyn Russell, 6-foot-2 forward at Holmen (Wisc.) High School
Epps on Russell, who averaged 15.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks as a junior: “We couldn’t be happier to have Caitlyn Russell and her family join our program. Caitlyn will give us much needed size and strength on the inside. She is a skilled post player around the basket, but she also has the ability to step away and knock down threes and create off the dribble. We are going to need her to step in and contribute right away. She has the potential to be the player of the year in the state of Wisconsin this season.”
—Sara Dickey, 5-foot-10 guard at Riverton Parke (Ind.) High School
Epps on Dickey, who’s averaging 26.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.3 assists through three games this season: “We are extremely excited about the addition of Sara Dickey to our program. Sara is a dynamic combo guard that has the ability to score in a multitude of ways. She is a gym rat with a high basketball I.Q. Her size and athleticism in the guard spot makes her a perfect fit for our system. We anticipate that Sara will have an immediate impact on the future success of our program.”
The Aces are set to graduate four seniors — Samantha Heck, Meagan Collins, Taylor Ware and Chelsea Falkenstein — at season’s end.
Women’s Division I programs are allowed 15 scholarship players. The Aces currently have 12.