Canadian PG signs with Zags

When Kelly Graves recruited Ashley Burke over four years ago, little did anybody know that the North Vancouver connection would lead to yet another recruit with immense potential and skills. Meet new Lady Zag: Sasha Polishchuck.

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Gonzaga head women's coach Kelly Graves is very high on his newest incoming point guard, stating that, "Sasha is an extremely gifted point guard. She has incredible handles, as good as any player I have seen in high school. She has the ability to score off the dribble as well as create for her teammates. What I like best about her are the intangibles she brings to this very important position. She's intense, vocal, smart and has the presence and the confidence of a person in charge on the floor. We feel honored that someone like Sasha will be part of our Gonzaga family."

"Nobody knew about her," Graves explained. "And besides her basketball abilities, all of our current players loved her and thought she was great. Sasha fit right in."

Due to teacher strikes, a transfer and cancellation of school sporting activities, Sasha has only played one full year of organized basketball in Canada but her skill level is already "great" and her hoops IQ is naturally high.

In fact, her favorite player who she models her game after is none other than Gonzaga men's point guard Derek Raivio. Like Raivio, Sasha is a total gym rat. But she can shoot it like Derek, too. During a one-on-one game while visiting GU, Sasha his treys from all six letters of K-E-N-N-E-L on the MaCarthey Athletic Center floor!"

The 5'6" Polishchuck averaged 27.3 points, 7.5 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game during her senior season at Kitsilano Secondary School in Richmond. She was named the Vancouver Cities MVP, Lower Mainland MVP and B.C. AAA Provincial All-Star as she guided her team to an 8th place finish at the Provincials. She was also named a Top Ten Shootout first-team All-Star this season.

Sasha will be called upon to help fill the shoes of WCC Player of the Year and record-breaking point guard Shannon Mathews.

Sasha completes a stellar 2005 recruiting class, joining 5'11" Washington high school star Jami Bjorklund, 6'2" Junior College standout Simone Santos and 6'2" Oregon high school star Maria Hassett.

Congratulations to Coach Graves and staff, and welcome to Gonzaga, Sasha.

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