A Look at the Incoming Lady Zags

Word out of the Gonzaga womens basketball camp is that this year's incoming freshmen may not only be the most talented class ever to arrive on campus but very possibly the top class in the entire WCC. Meet the newcomers!

Delphine LeCoulture, 6'4" Sophomore, Lyon, France. Played the last two years for Montpelier in the French league. Played three years in the INSEP Institute (same as Ronny Turiaf.) Runs the floor well, long arms, is more comfortable on the perimeter than inside, shoots the ball well to 17', can drive well from high post area. Needs strength and familiarity with American game (not used to the physical nature of American ball) but can be a very good player here from day one.

Monica Uhrig, 6'3", Freshman, Shoshone, Idaho. Must get stronger but is working hard in the weightroom. Good basketball instincts, good shot blocker, long arms and good timing, nice touch to 16' with a variety of moves inside. Needs polish and toughness to contribute immediately but is a great kid who's willing to work on her game. A very good player down the line.

Katie Prichard, 5'10", PG/SG, Freshman, Riverside, WA. Great, great athlete. Still raw as a basketball player but has potential to be a very good one (Juliann Laney-like in her potential). Very nice kid, maybe too nice for D-1 but if she can channel her competitiveness into being aggressive, could really stand out. Finished 2nd all-time in points scored in Washington state track state meets. Good 3-point shooter, quick hands, long arms, could be a great defender, good size for position, needs to get better handles.

Ashley Shearer, 5'9", SG, Freshman, Gresham, OR. Tremendous shooter with good 3-point range, competitive kid, good scorer, likes to get to the rim, not very quick but gets it done. Don't know how much time she'll get early because of the number of kids ahead of her but is a great kid (could be Gonzaga's top host of recruits because of her tremendous personality).

Ashley Anderson, 6'1", Power Forward, Freshman, Enterprise, OR. Could potentially be the best player of the bunch. Has a long way to go but has a tremendous body, is strong, but is an unbelievable athlete. She easily grabs the rim and can dunk a volleyball, but is very raw in her basketball skills. But with better footwork, watch out. Could be a special player here at GU and should play immediately. Is going to be a great rebounder. Good turnaround jumper inside. Range to about 15'. Is very aggressive. Could start.

Anne Bailey, 6'0", Small-Power Forward, Freshman, Snohomish, WA. Great, strong basketball body, ready for the college game right now. Good rebounder, good shooter with 3 point range, but can also post up. Too unselfish at times but is going to be a very good player. Late bloomer who is probably our most ready frosh now to contribute. Could start from day one. Gives us some bulk inside and can slide outside.

Coach Graves also has a real difference-maker who will be attending Spokane Community College and will hopefully post a qualifying SAT score. Her name is Lindsey Thomas, a point guard deluxe who played at Artesia High School in the LA area. If Lindsey qualifies, she'll be eligible to start playing for the Lady Bulldogs in late-December.

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