Pacific Women’s Basketball Receives Three NLIs on National Signing Day
Head coach Lynne Roberts received commitments from three prospective student athletes for the 2011-12 season on National Signing Day, as guards Claire Conricode, Hailie Eackles, and Kristina Johnson all signed Letters of Intent with the Pacific women's basketball program.
"Our staff is really pleased with our 2011 recruiting class for this early signing period," Roberts said. "We brought in highly recruited, very competitive players that all come from programs with a tremendous pedigree, and great coaching. We will lose three guards to graduation this spring and feel extremely optimistic about the future with these three freshmen we have coming in to fill those spots."
Conricode, a 5-10 guard from Bothel, Wash., led Holy Names Academy in Seattle in scoring with 14.2 points per game last year as a junior. A four-year starter, she was named Seattle All-Metro-League in each of the last three seasons.
As a three-year recipient of the team's MVP award, she guided the Cougars to the state semifinals the last two seasons. Holy Names advanced to the Washington 3A State Championship game, finishing as runner up in 2010 after placing third the season before. In each season, Conricode was named to the All-Tournament Team.
At the club level, Conricode played for the nationally renowned AAU program 'Tree of Hope,' coached by Damian Young. The National Honors Society member plans to major in biology or sports medicine.
"The first thing that everyone knows about Claire is that she is a phenomenal shooter," Roberts commented. "She has incredible range and a fearless shooter's mentality. The exciting thing for us is that Claire is not just a shooter - she also has a tremendous basketball I.Q. and a great feel for the game. She can rebound, defend, and handle the ball. She is a consistent competitor and has played high school and club basketball at a very high level. Claire is a great fit for Pacific - she is an incredible student and was very highly recruited. We are absolutely fired up to get her."
Eackles is a 5-9 All-State guard from Pinewood High School in Los Altos, Calif. The Sunnyvale, Calif. native averaged 16.3 points per game to go with 9.2 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.1 assists per game.
The 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Metro Player of the Year, D5 State Player of the Year, and West Bay League MVP, Eackles led the Panthers to the CIF State championship, by posting 16 points and seven rebounds in the final against St. Anthony-Long Beach after a 24-point, 10-rebound performance in the semifinals.
Eackles plays under legendary coach Doc Scheppler at Pinewood, and will lead the Panthers in search of Scheppler's fifth state championship in her senior season.
"Hailie is very used to winning and has been well coached, having played for one of the best programs in California under Coach Doc Scheppler at Pinewood High School," Roberts began. "I really believe Hailie has unlimited potential at the Division I level. She is very athletic, has great vision and can really pass, and has a quick release jump shot with range behind the 3-point line. She will be able to play at any of our guard positions with her versatility. Hailie is an extremely likable person and I know our Pacific fans will enjoy getting to know her and watching her play."
Johnson, a 5-5 point guard from Santa Monica, Calif. led Santa Monica High School to the Division I State quarterfinals as a junior, averaging 8.0 points per game and 2.3 steals per contest while handing out 3.2 assists per game. For the season, she doled out 107 assists while recording 73 steals, all while shooting 47 percent from the field.
She played summer ball for the Cal Storm Elite, an club team out of Southern California and coached by George Quintero, which has produced a stable of Division I and WNBA players.
"Kristina (K.J.) is a true point guard and competitor. She played AAU basketball for the Cal Storm, one of the most nationally recruited programs in the country under coach George Quinterro. She is a strong and very skilled athlete that understands how to run an offense and create shots for her team as a point guard. K.J. plays with a toughness- both physical and mental- that I love to see in a player. She will bring much needed experience and confidence to our point guard play. We're really pleased K.J. has chosen to be a Tiger."
The trio will join the Pacific Tigers program for the 2011-12 season. Pacific stands to lose guards Jennifer Fath, Claire McLeod and Arielle White to graduation this spring.
"Not only are these three student-athletes fantastic basketball players, but they are all really excited to be at Pacific and have the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere our University provides. I'm confident our fans and boosters are going to love these three freshmen next year."