Presnell Signs Three to NLI's
The number of new recruits now stands at four.
Boise State women's basketball head coach Gordy Presnell announced Wednesday afternoon the signing of Kayla Reinhart (Southlake, Texas / Carroll HS), Erica Martinez (Salt Lake City, Utah / Snow College) and Laura Pelse (Liepaja, Latvia / Sheridan College) to national letters of intent. The trio includes two guards in prep standout Reinhart and junior college transfer Martinez, as well as one post player in the 6'3 Pelse, a second juco transfer. These additions bring the total number of signings to four as the three join 6'3 post player, Miquelle Askew, an early signee in November 2011.
"We feel great about these players joining our program!" said Presnell. "It will be fun watching their development, and taking the Broncos to new heights!"
About Kayla Reinhart
Kayla Reinhart, a 5'10 wing, will add perimeter scoring for Boise State. The 2012 all-state honoree led the Carroll High Lady Dragons to three consecutive University Interscholastic League titles, back-to-back bi-district and area championships, as well as two region quarterfinal appearances. Reinhart's honors include: TABC and TGCA 5A All-State and Academic All-State as a senior, two-time District 7 5A Offensive Player of the Year, two-time TABC All-Region, two-time all-conference, academic all-district, two-time member of the National Honor Society, team captain senior season, team offensive MVP as a junior and Team MVP as a senior. The Carroll Lady Dragons went 31-4 and 13-1 in conference this season in the greater Dallas metro area.
Reinhart was a two-year starter for CHS. She averaged 12.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per game as a senior. During her junior season she averaged 10.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game.
"Kayla has played at a very high level of high school basketball," commented Presnell. "We are excited for what she can bring to our program in terms of physicality and perimeter shooting."
About Erica Martinez
Erica Martinez, 5-8 guard, brings a solid outside shot with her to Boise State. Martinez has spent the last two years competing for Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, where she is a two-time All-Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) honoree. The 2012 team captain was named the Region 18 Tournament MVP while leading the Badgers to the tournament title and a berth into the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. The junior-to-be is a 2010 graduate of Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she was a four-time all-state and all-conference honoree.
This past season Martinez averaged 16.5 points (1st team/2nd SWAC), 2.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists (1st team/3rd SWAC) and 2.6 steals (1st team/4th SWAC) in 32.7 minutes per game. She shot 36.3 percent from the floor, 33.8 percent (2nd team/4th SWAC) from 3-point range and 75.7 percent (2nd team/4th SWAC) from the free-throw line. Martinez made a league-high 77 of 228 3-point attempts and led the SWAC in 3-point makes per game at 2.3. She averaged 21.7 points per game as a freshman.
Presnell's thoughts on Martinez, "Erica is a terrific perimeter shooter. She is the all time Utah high school record holder. We are excited that she has decided to be a Bronco!"
About Laura Pelse
Laura Pelse, 6-3 post, brings athleticism and an all-around fundamental game to Boise State. The two-time all-region honoree led the Sheridan College Generals to a second-place finish in the NJCAA Region IX North Division this past winter with a 27-5 overall mark and 14-2 conference record. The native of Liepaja, Latvia, averaged 16 points and eight rebounds per game in two years of junior college ball.
Pelse's sophomore year stats saw her average 16.7 points (2nd team/5th region), 7.9 rebounds (t-2nd team/t-11th region), 1.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 28.5 minutes per game. In addition, the junior-to-be shot 53.8 percent (1st team/t-7th region) from the floor. She averaged 15.4 points (2nd team/13th region), 8.7 rebounds (2nd team/3rd region) and 1.0 steals in 26.9 minutes per game as a freshman. Pelse finished her first campaign shooting 51.9 percent (1st team/16th region) from the floor.
"Laura had a lot of opportunities at a lot of places," said Presnell. "She is long, athletic and can do a little bit of everything. She was very highly recruited. We are thrilled that she is a Bronco!"
Catching up with Miquelle Askew
The senior from Skyline High School in South Jordan, Utah, signed with the Broncos last November. Askew had an outstanding senior season for the Eagles averaging 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists, four blocks and two steals per game. She was named to the Utah All-State Tournament Team, Desert News All-State First Team, Salt Lake Tribune All-State First Team and region most valuable player. Askew was ranked fourth in the state for scoring, second in scoring at the 4A level and led the region.
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