VU women get forward commit

Rebecca Silinski, a 6-3 forward from Shades Mountain Christian School in Birmingham, Alabama, announced on Monday that she has accepted a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt. Silinski, who is beginning her senior year, will begin her career at Vanderbilt in the fall of 2007.

For Silinksi, the scholarship offer from Vanderbilt was a dream come true. In the summer of 2005, she attended Vanderbilt's team camp with her high school team before her junior year. She liked what she saw and dedicated herself to working towards a scholarship offer from the Commodores.

During her junior season, she set the all-time scoring record for her school. By the time the season was over, she had amassed a total a total of 1423 points and 799 rebounds for the first three years of her high school career, averaging 21.25 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

In the summer of 2006, her high school returned to team camp at Vanderbilt. Besides observing her at camp, the Vanderbilt coaching staff also watched her during the summer evaluation period.

Since Silinski is interested in a career in law, Vanderbilt's combination of stellar academics and competition in the Southeastern Conference was irresistible. She was considering other colleges, including Penn State, Liberty, and Holy Cross, where both of her parents were scholarship athletes.

But Vanderbilt was her first choice. "I knew if Vanderbilt offered, I knew I'd have a hard time saying no," she said. "To me, it's the best of the best -- when I just felt really comfortable with it and felt at peace with the decision."

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