Fennelly Inks Two Newcomers for '04

<b>AMES, Iowa --</b> Junior college freshman Tegan Stuart and high school senior Lisa Bildeaux have signed national letters of intent to play basketball at Iowa State in 2004-05, head coach Bill Fennelly announced today.

"We are very excited to add Lisa and Tegan to our Iowa State basketball family," Fennelly said. "They are a great fit for our program. They will fill a need we have for next season both inside and out. Lisa has excellent offensive skills and fits our style of play very well. We needed help with our ballhandling and perimeter shooting and Tegan fills that role perfectly. Both kids are excellent students and outstanding young people who will be great addition to Iowa State University."

Lisa Bildeaux (pronounced bill-DOO), a 6-3 forward/center from Grand Rapids, Minn., is a senior at Grand Rapids High School. She has been a varsity starter for the Thunderhawks since eighth grade and has earned all-conference honors the last three years. Bildeaux already owns the school's career scoring record (1,435) as well as the single-season records for blocks (77), field goal percentage (.611) and points (487).

"Lisa's a winner, she's got all of the intangibles to help a program like Iowa State," GRHS head coach Adam Johnson said. "She's a leader. She's not only our best player, but our hardest worker."

Bildeaux, who recorded a single-game school-record nine blocked shots, averaged 18 points and 7.7 rebounds as a junior and 17 points and eight rebounds as a sophomore. She posted 10.7 ppg and 6.8 rpg her freshman year and 9.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg her first season as a varsity starter.

An all-state performer as a junior, Bildeaux attended the Adidas Top 10 camp the last two years and played for the AAU's Minnesota Stars in 2002 and 2003. She played AAU (15 and under) basketball for the Minnesota Powerplay for two seasons, advancing to the nationals in 2001. Bildeaux was rated No. 113 nationally in the 2004 recruiting class by the All-Star Girls Report.

Tegan Stuart (pronounced TEE-gan), a 5-6 guard from Peculiar, Mo., is a freshman point guard at Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, Mo. After earning 26 hours of college credits in high school, she will spend one season at MACC and attend Iowa State in the fall with three years of eligibility remaining. Through four games this season with the 4-0 Lady Greyhounds, Stuart is averaging 12 points, four rebounds and five assists.

"Tegan is the most competitive player I've had the opportunity to coach," MACC head coach Michael Smith said. "Everyday she comes to practice with the desire to get better. In the short time she's been here, I've seen her mature in so many ways as our point guard. Her ability to see the floor has amazed me, and I'm anxious to see her progress and continue to lead us in the right direction. Tegan is very excited to become a part of the Cyclone family."

Stuart was a three-time all-state basketball selection at Raymore-Peculiar High School, including first-team honors as a junior and senior. She was Cass County's 2002 Basketball Player of the Year, setting a Ray-Pec scoring record (1,491) and earning a nomination to the McDonald's All-America team. Stuart averaged 15.8 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 steals as a senior while shooting 45 percent from 3-point territory and 42.9 percent overall. She earned first-team all-conference honors all four years and was named the league MVP twice. The four-time all-district performer played in the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association all-star game, which featured all-stars from Missouri and Kansas.

Stuart's softball résumé is equally impressive. She was a three-time first-team all-conference and all-district performer for Ray-Pec High. The four-time NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete also earned first-team all-region and all-metro honors. Stuart was named the Kansas City Star's all-metro player of the year as a senior, as well as earning first-team all-state recognition.

The 2003 Kansas City Star Regional High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year also lettered in soccer, earning all-conference, all-district, all-region, all-metro and all-state honors in her three-year career.

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