Boise State Women's Basketball Adds Point Guard From Southern California
BOISE, Idaho - (5/16/2006) - Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell announced today the addition of Ebony Ward to the Bronco women’s basketball roster for next season. Ward a 5-6 point guard from Moreno Valley, Calif. (Riverside County), signed her National Letter of Intent over the weekend, making her the fourth current high school senior to join Presnell’s program for next season as a freshman.

Ward is an extremely gifted ball handler who is as comfortable dishing out assists as she is scoring from anywhere on the hardwood. As a junior, Ward led her team to the Calif. (large school) State championship game before falling by one point (64-63) in the final at Arco Arena in Sacramento.

“We are excited to have Ebony as a part of our program,” commented Presnell. “She fills a need we have for a true point guard who is quick and athletic. Ebony comes from a terrific high school program at Canyon Springs that played in the Calif. State championship game her junior season. Ebony is a good scorer but she also has great court vision and the ability to distribute the ball to her teammates.”

Ward is one of two point guards to sign with the Broncos this year joining Bridgette Reyes at the position. The two freshmen will battle for playing time with redshirt sophomore Tasha Harris, the 2004-05 starter at point. The addition of these three athletes at the point position next year gives the Broncos solid depth at the top. It also allows Presnell to move last season’s duo of Nadia Begay (senior) and Jessica Thompson (sophomore) from the point to their more natural position as shooting guards.

This year’s recruiting class of four, Presnell’s first at Boise State, along with nine returning Broncos brings next year’s roster total to 13 athletes. As an NCAA Division I program Boise State is allowed 15 total scholarships, thus the announcing of additional signings later this summer is possible.


WARD’S Bio...

Ebony Ward is currently a senior at Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, Calif....three-year member of the Cougars’ varsity team where she played the point guard position...co-captain junior year...three-time All-Ivy League honoree...first team All-Riverside County and All-CIF Southern Section junior season...named team MVP for CIF Southern Section championship game junior year...nominated for McDonald’s All-America team senior year...missed senior season for medical reasons but will be fully recovered by the time she reports to Boise State in August...as a junior she averaged 11.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, as well as team and league highs for assists and steals at 6.3 and 3.1 respectively... ranked second in CIF Southern Section and sixth in the state (per www.MaxPreps.com/California) for assists with 213 as a junior... team went 31-4 overall and 10-0 in conference play...team won the Ivy League, CIF Southern Section, and Southern Calif. championships...advanced to the State (large school) championship game at Arco Arena in Sacramento, where they lost 64-63...Ward recorded a team high 16 points during Canyon Springs’ State championship game appearance...as a sophomore Ward averaged 6.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.7 steals per game...team went 24-5 overall and won the Ivy League title with a 9-1 mark...team advanced to the CIF Southern Section semifinals...high school coach was Gail Hale.

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