Beach Drops Irish For Buckeyes

Ohio State's women's basketball class grew to three with the addition of a Westlake, Ohio, star who initially gave a pledge to play for Notre Dame. has the news.

Two days before the beginning of the early signing period, Ohio State has picked up its third 2011 women's basketball recruit.

Kalpana Beach, 5-11 guard from Westlake, Ohio, was a long-time Notre Dame verbal commitment but reopened her recruitment in recent weeks.

Ultimately, she chose to become a Buckeye instead, WHS head coach Chip Weiss confirmed to on Monday evening.

Beach earned second-team All-Ohio honors in Division I last season after averaging 19.5 points per game for the Demons.

She is the third top 100 recruit this season, joining fellow Ohioans Maleeka Kynard of Toledo Start and Raven Ferguson of Columbus Africentric.

Ferguson is also a 5-11 wing while Kynard is a 5-7 point guard.

In consensus rankings from All-Star Girls Report, Blue Star Basketball and ESPN Hoopgurlz, Ferguson is the top-rated of the three. She checks in at No. 33 nationally, followed by Beach (58) and Kynard (tied-93).

Six Ohioans appear in the national top 100: Middletown-Madison forward Allyson Malott (tied-28 overall), Ferguson, Toledo Start forward Azia Bishop (49); Beach; Midpark forward Therany Dunigan (85) and Kynard.

The Buckeyes have one more open scholarship for this year but may save it for next year.

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