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SAU signs two more
News: The Queen Bees continue to work diligently during
this off-season, bringing in two more recruits for the upcoming 2006-07 season.
Jacobs High School's Rachael Peterson and Clinton's Jackie Shovlain each
committed to continue their athletic careers at St. Ambrose.
Peterson, an athletic wing player, helped Jacobs High
School to a 17-10 record this past season, while averaging 14 points, three
assists, two steals, and five rebounds per game. Peterson was named to the Daily
Herald, Elgin Courier, and Northwest Herald All-Area teams. As the co-captain of
the Golden Eagles, Peterson was named Team MVP, as well as All-conference. She
was also named to the Algonquin Countryside All-Area team. Peterson's father
played basketball at Iowa State University.
Shovlain is another guard that has the potential to
succeed at St. Ambrose. Shovlain averaged 10 points, four assists, two steals,
and four rebounds per game, while helping the River Queens to an 8-8 record
during the 2005-06 season. Shovlain was named to the Mississippi Athletic
Conference All-Conference third team, while also being named to the Clinton
Herald All-Area second team. While at Clinton, Shovlain set the school record
for 3-point percentage. This past season, Shovlain was voted team captain and
Miss Offense for the River Queens. Jackie is the niece of SAU men's basketball
head coach Ray Shovlain. Her brother Steve also plays for SAU's JV
"Rachael and Jackie bring a lot of athleticism to our
team. They are also both good defenders on the ball and we look forward to them
joining our program. They will each fit in well in our program and with the
players we already have established on our team," head coach Amy Eagan
Michelle Steffens signs with SAU
News: SAU head basketball coach Amy Eagan is proud to announce the signing of yet another promising recruit. Western Dubuque's Michelle Steffen committed to St. Ambrose on Tuesday, giving the Queen Bees a future presence in the post.
Last season for the Bobcats, Steffen averaged a double-double for the season, posting 13.8 points and 10 rebounds per game, to go along with her 2.8 steals, 1.3 assists, and 0.8 blocks per game. Steffen was a unanimous pick for the 2006 1st team All-Conference team in the WaMac Conference. She was also named to the 1st team all-region team, as well as the 2nd team all area Telegraph Herald team. Steffen was named 2nd team all conference during her junior year.
"Our program is very fortunate to get a player like Michelle. She will give us a great presence in the post, as well as some depth in the frontcourt. We are looking forward to seeing her progress into the player we know she can be during the next four years," Eagan said.
Queen Bees sign Joanna Hirsch
News: The SAU women's basketball team has been very busy so far this recruiting season. Thursday, the Queen Bees inked their third recruit of the year, signing Rosary High School's Joanna Hirsch. Hirsch averaged 9.7 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 steals, and 4.4 rebounds per game last season for a Royals team that finished 20-7.
Hirsch was the captain of her team during her last two years in high school. She was also named to the all-area and all-conference teams in each of those seasons. Hirsch was named team MVP last season, as well as earning the team hustle and dedication awards. She also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Conference honors, while also being active in the National Honor Society.
"Joanna is a great addition to our team, and will be looked at to contribute to our goal of becoming the best team we possibly can. Joanna gives it her all on the court and in the classroom and we know that she will continue to succeed at St. Ambrose," head coach Amy Eagan said.
Aysha Washington Signs With SAU
News: Head coach Amy Eagan is pleased to announce the second signing of her 2006 recruiting class, signing Aysha Washington from Westchester, Illinois. Washington led St. Joseph High School to a 14-11 record last season, while averaging 12.5 points, 4.8 assists, and 4.8 steals per game. Washington is the first female athlete from St. Joseph that has signed to play college athletics.
Washington, who's brother Chris is the starting point guard for SAU's men's team, was named St. Joseph's MVP for the 2005-06 season. She was also named to the all-area team in each of the last three years. Washington made the all-conference team during her final three seasons with the Chargers, while earning conference player of the year honors once. Washington was also named to the honorable mention all-state team.
"We are very proud to have a player with the ability of Aysha on our team. She will add to our depth in the backcourt, and will give us stability at the point guard position, where she is great at handling the ball. She will be an asset to our program for the next four years," coach Eagan said.