VU announces women's basketball signees

NASHVILLE- Four prep student-athletes signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Vanderbilt University and play women's basketball for the Commodores, Head Coach Melanie Balcomb announced Friday.

Chanel Chisholm (Long Island, N.Y.), Jence Rhoads (Slippery Rock, Pa.), Rebecca Silinski (Birmingham, Ala.) and Hannah Tuomi (Brighton, Colo.) all plan to enroll at Vanderbilt and begin their collegiate eligibility in the Fall of 2007.

"We are extremely excited about next year's incoming class," Balcomb said. "Our staff has worked very hard evaluating talent and establishing relationships, and we couldn't be happier with the four student-athletes who have chosen to come to Vanderbilt. This is an extremely talented class that is bound to make an immediate impact on our team."

Chisholm recently moved into's National Hot 100. Playing at North Babylon High School, she was named to the 2006 All-Island Team after averaging 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals during her junior season. Chisholm led the Lady Bulldogs to an 18-4 record and League IV championship. Off the court, Chisholm also competed as a sprinter for her school's track team.

Rhoads, a point guard at Slippery Rock High School, was ranked No. 25 in the nation by As a junior for the Rockets, she earned all-state honors and was the co-recipient of the Swin Cash District 10 Player of the Year award from the Western Pennsylvania Youth Basketball Club. Rhoads led her club squad, Tri-State Rock Solid, to the finals of the adidas Tournament of Champions and was invited to the Top Ten All-American Camp.

A 6-3 forward from nearby Birmingham, Ala., Silinski was an honorable-mention all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association last season. With her senior year upcoming, she already holds the all-time scoring record at Shades Mountain Christian with 1,423 career points. Silinski averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game a year ago and will add size to the Commodores' front court. She also plays volleyball for the Lady Eagles.

The reigning Class 5A Ms. Basketball in Colorado, Tuomi has led the Horizon Hawks to the state championship the last two years. As a sophomore, she earned second-team all-state honors and posted two 20-point, 20-rebound games. Tuomi averaged 19.6 points and 12.1 rebounds a game last season. A gifted multi-sport athlete, Tuomi was named one of the Top Outside Hitters by Rocky Mountain News prior to the 2006 volleyball season.

Vanderbilt's recruiting classes have annually been ranked among the nation's best. The Commodores have won at least 20 games in each of the last seven seasons, advancing to the NCAA Tournament every year since 2000.

The 2006-07 Commodores open the regular season this weekend with a trip to Boulder, Colo. Vanderbilt will take on Colorado on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. CT.


Chanel Chisholm, Long Island, N.Y. (North Babylon), G, 5-11
Jence (pronounced: JEN see) Rhoads, Slippery Rock, Pa. (Slippery Rock), G, 5-11
Rebecca Silinski, Birmingham, Ala. (Shade Mountain Christian), F, 6-3
Hannah Tuomi (pronounced: TWA mee), Brighton, Colo. (Horizon), F, 6-0

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