5'10" Katy Ridenour of Post Falls, Idaho, might have been predestined to becoming a student-athlete at Gonzaga. Not long ago former Zag and member of the 1999 Elite Eight team Mike Leasure became Katy's brother-in-law. If that weren't enough, Katy could flat out play basketball and was receiving a lot of interest from colleges as the multi-sport star helped her school win state, followed by an impressive summer AAU showing with the Spokane Stars.
A natural athlete, Katy is a defensive specialist with all the physical ability to equal her defense with her offense. In a system at GU that stresses defense, though, Katy is a perfect fit.
Plus, she really, really wanted to be a Zag, cancelling visits to Boise State, Montana State and San Francisco when Coach Graves offered.
One of Katy's Spokane Stars teammates joined her with a verbal commitment only a week later. 6'4" Stephanie Hawk of Ontario, Oregon, is a much-needed post player with a great upside. One area of the Lady Zags team that hurt them in 2001-2002 was a lack of size and height inside. Time after time opposing teams exploited the undersized Zags.
Help is on the way.
Stephanie is a 1st-Team All-State selection in Oregon for 3A. Chances are she will be State 3A Player of the Year after her senior year.
Stephanie was a highly sought after basketball player who saw offers roll in from New Mexico, WSU, most Big Sky schools, most WCC schools and other D1 programs.
With two high quality recruiting classes under their belts, Coaches Graves, Mountain, Payne and Towns are well on the way to securing a third straight class that rates at or near the top of the WCC.
With Katy Ridenour and Stephanie Hawk committed, it's already been a fruitful season of recruiting. But Coach Graves isn't finished yet. Expect at least one more outstanding future Zag in the coming days.