Release: April 16, 2009
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basketball inks two high school standouts
VESTAL, N.Y.-- The
Binghamton women's basketball team has announced the signing
of two high school seniors, both of whom will join the program
this coming fall.
Kara Elofson (Minneapolis, Minn) is a 5-10 guard from Hopkins
High School. As a senior, was named honorable mention all-state
at the Class 4A level. She was the leading scorer (14.0 ppg.)
and rebounder (7.6 rpg.) on a squad that was ranked in USA
Today's Top 25 poll during the 2008-09 season. Elofson has
also earned all-conference honors three times.
"Kara adds depth and a different dimension to the guard
position," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "She has
the strength and athleticism to get to the basket and finish
around the rim but can also hit the pull up jumper. Her toughness
and rebounding ability will be welcome additions to our program."
Simone Thomas (Pickering, Ontario) is a 6-1 forward from
Dunbarton High School. She was a member of the Ontario Provincial
U-17 team in 2008 and the U-15 team in 2006, both of which the
won gold medal at the National Tournament. In addition, Thomas
was selected by Canada Basketball to take part in the National
Elite Development Academy (NEDA) in 2007-08, an honor given to
only a dozen high school athletes in the nation.
"Defense and transition
offense have been a focus for our team and Simone brings both
of those attributes to our team," Scholl said. "Offensively
she has great touch around the hoop, but also has the ability
to hit the outside shot. As Simone continues to get stronger
she will be a tough opponent to defend in the low block and out
on the perimeter."
In addition to Elofson and Thomas, the Bearcats have a pair of
players who sat out this season and will make their debuts this
coming fall. Sophomore center Emma Cronk transferred from
Gardner-Webb last year and was able to practice with the squad
this past season. Redshirt freshman forward Kiara Connor
also returns after missing the 2008-09 season with an injury.
"The good thing about Emma and Kiara not being able to play
this past season is that it gave them a chance to transition
into our program and at the same time watch and learn,"
Scholl said. " I expect both of them to jump right in and
have an impact on our team right away especially with the loss
of Laura Franceski to graduation."
Binghamton loses just one starter and two letterwinners from
this season's squad that advanced to the America East semifinals.
With four returning starters, four seniors and four new players,
expectations are high for the coming season.
"The transition year is over and it excites me to think
about the potential that this year's group has," Scholl
said. "With the addition of Kara and Simone along with having
Emma and Kiara back in the line up I feel we now have the experience
and depth that we need to help us compete for a conference championship."