"This class, coming on the heels of the current freshmen, has us all excited for the future," Fennelly said. "Our goal was to find some help on the perimeter, as well as finding some players who will have time to develop in our system. I think we have done that. I also think it is great that we will add three kids who will graduate from Iowa high schools."
Anna Florzak, a 5-10 guard from Kansas City, Mo., is a four-year starter for Notre Dame de Sion High School. She averaged 10.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists last season, earning all-state honors from the Associated Press, Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters and Missouri Basketball Coaches Association. Florzak led The Storm to two consecutive district championships and a 24-3 record as a junior. She earned all-district and all-metro honors and was a finalist for the DiRenna Ward given to the most outstanding basketball player in the Kansas City metro area. She is a McDonald's All-American nominee and a finalist for the Wendy's Missouri High School Heisman.
Florzak, listed as one of the state's top seniors by MOsports.com, played seven years for the Kansas Belles AAU team. She led her AAU squad to the 2005 U19 national championship and was named the Ruthie Webster Outstanding AAU Athlete in the Missouri Valley. She was invited to the inaugural USA All-American camp, playing on the championship team en route to earning camp MVP honors.
An all-state performer in three sports, Florzak also lettered in cross country and track and field. The 2003 state cross country champ and three-time district champion has led Notre Dame de Sion to four consecutive district championships and two state titles. Florzak, who owns the school record time in the 5,000 meters (18:41), earned all-state, all-district and all-metro honors.
The National Honor Society member is class secretary and a three-year student council representative. She served three years on the Women's Intersport Network Teen Advisory Board and earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Award three times. Florzak, a Time-Warner Metro Sports Athlete of the Week, was featured as a scholar-athlete of the month in Women's Basketball Magazine.
Florzak earned all-state, all-district and all-metro honors in the 800 meters and 1,600 meters after medaling at the 2005 state meet. Her 4x880 relay team placed first in the Kansas Relays and she owns district titles in both individual events.
"Anna's athleticism will add a great deal to our backcourt," Fennelly said. "She has been successful as a basketball player and in cross country. That takes great dedication and it has also allowed her to really build some great leadership skills. Anna will be a great addition to our team in many ways."
Alison Lacey, a 6-0 guard from Canberra, Australia, is a foreign exchange student that will be playing at Ballard High School in Huxley, Iowa, this season. She has been playing basketball for Australian Capital Territory (ACT) teams since she was nine years old. After two years of playing in the U14 Australian championships, Lacey was selected to attend the 2001 Sydney Youth Olympic Festival.
She played in the U16 championships twice, making a tournament-best 23 3-pointers in 2001. Lacey was named the 2003 ACT junior female player of the year by Basketball Australia and was selected to attend the prestigious All-Australian Training Camp. She led her ACT squad to the U18 championships twice and was awarded a visiting scholarship at the Australian Institute for Sport.
Lacey, who was voted MVP at the ACT Secondary Schools Basketball Championship, played in the U20 ACT Australian championships last season.
"Alison is an unknown to most, having just moved here from Australia for her senior season," Fennelly said. "Our staff was very impressed with her skill and strength on the court. She is going to be able to play all three perimeter spots and has size to create tough match ups for the opponent."
Genesis Lightbourne, a 6-0 forward from Las Vegas, earned first-team all-state and all-conference honors all three years of her prep career. She led Faith Lutheran High School to a pair of state tournament semifinal appearances in Class 2A as a freshman and sophomore with a combined record of 35-21. After moving up to 3A competition last season, Lightbourne led the Crusaders to a 21-8 record and a conference tournament appearance, averaging 16.9 points and 7.0 rebounds. She averaged 18.0 points and 11.4 rebounds as a sophomore, helping Faith Lutheran to a 20-8 record.
Also a track and field standout, Lightbourne won the 2005 Nevada state triple jump and high jump championships. She finished as a state runner-up in the 100-meter dash and long jump.
"Genesis is as athletic as any player we have signed," Fennelly said. "She will come to us at only 17, so there is some development that will need to occur with her game, but we feel she has a great upside. Genesis is very committed to doing the work to be a good college player. If she reaches the potential we feel she has, she will be a special player."
Shellie Mosman, a 5-10 guard from Carroll, Iowa, has earned all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association three times. She is a three-time first-team all-district and all-Racoon River Conference selection and was voted team MVP all three seasons. The two-time team captain earned first-team all-Southwest Iowa honors from the Omaha World Herald three times and has been voted a preseason honorable mention Midwest All-American by Street and Smith's.
Mosman averaged 17.6 points in her three-year prep career, shooting 51.4 percent from the floor overall and 45.1 percent from behind the arc, accumulating 1,287 career points. She averaged 8.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.0 steals over the past three seasons, scoring 18.3 points per game while compiling a 58-15 varsity record. Mosman led the Tigers to two conference championships and a top-five state ranking as a sophomore and a junior. She helped Carroll compile a 23-3 record and earn a state tournament berth last year.
"It is great to finally have Shellie join our program," Fennelly said. "She has been a Cyclone her whole life and really is a great example of what this program is all about on and off the court. Shellie has a phenomenal work ethic on and off the court. Her ability to play the point or the two will fit nicely into our system."
Toccara Ross, a 5-9 forward from Davenport, Iowa, led Kirkwood Community College to a conference championship, a regional title and a fourth-place finish nationally as a freshman, averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. She was voted to the ICCAC Division II Region XI all-tournament team and earned second-team all-region honors while helping the Eagles compile a 28-8 overall record and a perfect 14-0 conference slate. Ross, who also led the squad with 76 steals in her initial season, was voted athlete of the week twice and received the Kirkwood Coaches Award.
As a prep, Ross captained the Davenport Central squad as a junior and senior. The two-time Iowa Girls Coaches Association all-district selection led the Mississippi Athletic Conference in rebounding both years. Ross, who averaged 16.3 points and 14.4 rebounds as a senior, set 15 school records that season and earned first-team all-conference honors and second-team all-metro honors from the Quad City Times. She closed out her two-year Blue Devil career as the school's career rebounding leader. Ross also lettered in track and field for Central. She was a four-time state qualifier and won a MAC indoor high jump title.
"We are going back to Kirkwood, where we got Desirée Francis, who was such a great player for us," Fennelly said. "T will provide experience and scoring punch for us. She can play some different positions in our system at both ends of the court. She is a native of Davenport, Iowa, which is always a good thing."
MacKenzie Stirmlinger, a 5-10 guard from Chesterfield, Mo., has led St. Joseph's Academy in scoring every season since her freshman campaign. She earned first-team all-conference honors three times, as well as all-state recognition each season. The two-time second-team all-metro pick has led the Angels to two state tournament appearances, including the 2004 championship. She averaged 16.5 points and 5.3 assists last season, missing seven games with a knee injury. She averaged 12.2 points and 4.1 assists en route to the state title as a sophomore and posted 9.9 points and 2.5 assists en route to the Angels' state tournament runner-up finish as a freshman.
Stirmlinger, who ranks sixth on the school's career scoring list (987) and fourth in career assists, has been playing AAU basketball since joining the U11 league in 1999. Her team finished fifth in the 2004 U16 standings, while her club team placed second in the 2004 Junior Olympics.
"Mac can give us some additional scoring on the perimeter," Fennelly said. "She has the ability to hit the three, as well as score off the dribble. I really liked her winning attitude and her desire to do what it takes to play at the highest level. It does not hurt that she is a huge Cardinals fan as well!"
"All of us associated with Iowa State Women's Basketball are honored to have these young people and their families join the Iowa State program," Fennelly said. "They are all the kind of student-athletes that bring great recognition to our program and University. I know our great fans will love watching these kids in Cyclone colors."
2006-07 Iowa State Women's Basketball
Name Yr Ht Pos Hometown (High School/College)
Anna Florzak Fr. 5-10 G Kansas City, Mo. (Notre Dame de Sion)
Alison Lacey Fr. 6-0 G Canberra, Australia (Ballard [Iowa])
Genesis Lightbourne Fr. 6-0 F Las Vegas, Nev. (Faith Lutheran)
Shellie Mosman Fr. 5-10 G Carroll, Iowa (Carroll)
Toccara Ross Jr. 5-9 F Davenport, Iowa (Central/Kirkwood CC)
MacKenzie Stirmlinger Fr. 5-10 G Chesterfield, Mo. (St. Joseph's Academy)