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Pacific Women's Basketball Signs Three For 2014-15

Nov 14, 2013

University of the Pacific women's basketball program added three players to the program as head coach Lynne Roberts announced that Desire Finnie, GeAnna Luaulu-Summers and Najah Queenland signed National Letters of Intent.

The trio are all rated three-star prospects by Prospects ProspectsNation.com and ESPNW.com.

"I could not be more excited to announce a trio of signees like this group of future Tigers," Roberts said. "I am confident that this signing class is the most athletic and highly recruited we have ever brought in to Pacific Women's Basketball. All three are incredibly athletic, very versatile, and will come in with the ability to contribute immediately. They are great fits with our system - all being able to play multiple positions and bring athleticism to both ends of the floor. Beyond their many achievements and accolades on the court, these three young ladies are great students and people that have chosen to sign here also because of the strong academics and family atmosphere that is Pacific."

Luaulu-Summers, a 5-9 guard out of Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco was a First Team All-State selection in Division III last season and was named the WCAL Player of the Year as a junior. She also earned All-WCAL and All-City First Team honors, while averring 15.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

In 2011-12, as a sophomore, she started at point guard and led Sacred Heart Cathedral in scoring with 1.5 points per game. She also led the Fighting Irish to a second-straight CCS Division III Championship. Luaulu-Summers also started on the varsity as a freshman in 2010-11, leading the team in scoring and earning Second Team All-WCAL and All-City honors.

"GeAnna is a lightening quick combo guard with a tremendous feel for the game. She can quietly take over a game with her speed, skill, and smarts. She can knock down the three and get to the basket. She has a competitive fire to her in which she knows what it takes to win and how to make that happen," Roberts said.

Finnie, a 5-11, guard/forward, will join the Tigers from Berkeley High in Berkeley, Calif. MaxPreps rated her as a top 275 prospect nationally and a top 40 California prospect.

She helped lead the Yellow Jackets to NorCal championships the last three seasons, finishing as California runner-up in each year. Finnie scored 14 points with eight rebounds in the NorCal Regional Final. The standout defender earned All-East Bay honors from SFGate as a junior last season.

"Desire could have more raw athleticism than any student-athlete we have ever recruited to Pacific," Roberts commented. "She is a versatile wing that could completely change a game with her quickness, length, and speed. She can attack the basket and has a solid pull up jumper, but her real influence might be seen on the defensive end with our full court pressing and her ability to rebound."

Queenland, a 5-10 guard, will play her senior season at Sacramento High School, after playing previously at St. Francis High in Sacramento. She averaged 12.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest last season at SFHS. She also posted 103 steals as a junior in 2012-13. As a sophomore, Queenland registered 8.0 points per contest.

In each season, Queenland helped the Troubadors to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. ESPNW and HoopGurlrz rated Queenland as the No. 18 guard in California.

"Najah is a passionate, strong, skilled combo guard. She has that rare ability to be able to score in all three areas: she can attack the basket, has a great pull up game, and can knock down the three," Roberts continued. "With her physical strength and competitive demeanor, Najah could be another vocal leader and lock down defender for us."

Finnie and Queenland were teammates on the CA Ballerz High School 1 AAU team.

The trio will join Pacific for the 2014-15 season as freshmen. The three newcomers garnered interest from several Pac-12 schools, as well as Mountain West and other West Coast programs. The Tigers have seen an influx of talent since announce the program's move to the WCC, adding last season's five-player freshman class as well as a three transfers who played at Pac-12 schools previously in their careers. The Tigers are coming off a pair of post-season berths and a school record 27 wins in 2012-13.

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