DePaul Women's Hoops Signs 4 to National LOI

CHICAGO - DePaul University women's basketball coach Doug Bruno announced today that Felicia Chester, China Threatt, Kayla Guidry and Samantha Quigley signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Blue Demons. The quartet joins the program next fall as freshmen and hail from Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan and Missouri.

"As we begin competition in the BIG EAST, we needed to sign an excellent recruiting class of 2006," said Bruno. "Thanks to the efforts of Assistant Coaches Sam Williams, Sarah Kustok, and Candis Blankson together with newly appointed Army Head Coach and former DePaul Assistant, Maggie Dixon, we believe we have signed a 2006 class that will compete in the BIG EAST."

Chester, nationally ranked among the top players at her position, averaged 12.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 3.0 blocks per game as a junior. She picked up second team All-State honors after leading Incarnate Word Academy to the state finals. The Red Knights finished third in the state with a 28-3 record. The 6'2" forward enters her senior season as the school's all-time shot blocker and picked up second team All-Metro honors from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a junior. The All Star Girls Report ranks the forward at No. 107 in the country and the 25th-ranked player at her position.

"A program does not just replace a Khara Smith. Players of Khara Smith's productivity and competitiveness are few and far between," said Bruno. "Felicia Chester will help relieve the sting of losing Khara Smith. Felicia is a new wave, versatile post player that has both post skills and guard skills. Felicia Chester also possesses an excellent scoring touch, great quickness and ultra competitive innards."

"China Threat, Kayla Guidry and Samantha Quigley are all excellent guards that will complement each other very effectively. China's game is a slash game backed up by a great shooting touch, both from three-point territory and in her intermediate, pull up shooting abilities," said Bruno. "Like Felicia Chester, all three of these guards bring an inner competitiveness that has been a staple of our success."

Guidry averaged 15 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a junior for the Peabody Warhorses. The 5'8" guard earned first team All-District honors and was named the Rapides Parrish Most Valuable Player. She also was named the KLAX Athlete of the Week and played on Junior Olympic state and national teams.

The second Quigley in three years to sign a National Letter of Intent at DePaul, Samantha joins her sister, Allie, next season in Lincoln Park. A three-sport standout in volleyball, basketball and softball, she averaged 16.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.0 steals as a junior at Joliet Catholic Academy. Quigley earned third team All-State honors from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and first team All-Area honors from the Joliet Herald-News. Entering her senior season, she holds career averages of 15.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

Threatt (pronounced Threett) is a Michigan Miss Basketball candidate. She is the third Michigan product to join the program in the last three seasons with the Carney sisters, Rachael and Erin, playing currently at DePaul. Prior to an injury this season, the versatile 5'8" guard was averaging 15.0 points per game. Ranked as the state's No. 6 player by the Detroit Free Press, she led Auburn Hills Avondale to the No. 1 ranking in the state.

"Kayla Guidry is a defensive stopper with great quick's and is also a very good shooter," said Bruno. "Samantha Quigley is a blender. Sam makes people around her better and is also a very quick and athletic guard that can shoot, get to the basket, stretch the floor with her speed, and run a team."

"With the signing of Samantha Quigley, the 2006-07 Blue Demons will be one of the most unique teams in country boasting two sets of sisters," said Bruno. "Rachael and Erin Carney together with Quigley siblings, Allie and Samantha, will make up almost one-third of the entire 2006-07 squad."

Entering the 2005-06 season, there have been just four other occurrences of two sets of sisters on the same team. During the 1999-2000 season, Carly and Emily Stucky joined Carrie and Christy Bacon at Wyoming. The following season, 2000-2001, the Bacon twins played with Chassie and Cherrith Wiersma. At Montana State during the 1990-91 campaign, Alaina and Cass Bauer played alongside Sandy and Susan Neiss. The first multi-sister team was at Liberty in 1975-76 with Helen and Reggie Gomes and Li and Liz Cooper.

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