adidas adi rise Look Wagner Women’s Basketball Teams Opens Practice For 2017
Staten Island, NY The Wagner College women’s basketball team officially opened practice this week, under the direction of second year head coach , in preparation for the 2017 18 season which begins on November 10 at Virginia Tech. A starter in 22 of 28 games in 2016 17, Russell finished second on the team at 10.9 points per game while averaging 29.0 minutes of action. The outburst vs. SFU was keyed by 9 of 15 shooting night from the floor, which included 4 of 8 marksmanship from three point range.
Wagner also welcomes back senior forward (Manasquan, NJ / Manasquan), who played in 50 career games during her first two seasons on Grymes Hill before sitting out last year, as well as second year 5 11 guard (Haddonfield, NJ / Haddon Township / Neumann and Goretti), who is expected to provide punch in the backcourt after sitting out the 2016 17 season as well.
Jacobs and her staff had a busy offseason, recruiting eight student athletes who will compete as first year Seahawks in 2017 18, as well as a ninth newcomer, who will sit out the season after transferring from another Division I institution.
Headlining the large cast of newcomers will be 6 0 forward, (Hughesville, MD / Archbishop Spalding). Recruited to Adelphi University by Jacobs when she was the coach there, Clark earned 2016 17 Second Team All America honors for the Panthers and was named one of the nation’s 10 best Division II players by the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association (WBCA). Also tabbed a CoSIDA Academic All America selection, Clark earned her undergraduate degree from Adelphi in May, 2017, before transferring to Wagner, where she will compete for the Seahawks as a graduate student in 2017 18.
Another student athlete expected to lend experience and maturity to the Seahawk roster this season is 5 5 junior guard (Oklahoma City, OK / Putnam City North / Butler Community College [KS]), who will have two years of eligibility remaining. Last season at Butler CC, Carter started 25 of 27 games, averaging 5.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest in 20.6 minutes of playing time for a team that went 24 7, including a 20 6 mark in Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) play.
The Seahawks’ 2017 18 roster will also feature an international flavor in the form of 6 0 guard (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia / Canterbury Girls’ Secondary), 5 10 guard (Opunake, New Zealand / New Plymouth), and 5 8 wing (London, England / City of London Academy).
Simmons and How enrolled at Wagner last January, enabling them to begin their studies and practice with the team during the spring semester.
Simmons is a talented and versatile guard with tremendous size who possesses a wide and varied basketball pedigree. Prior to her arrival on Grymes Hill,
she averaged 13.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 18 games while helping to lead the Nunawading Spectres, to a semifinal appearance in the 2016 Victorian Youth Championship. Simmons also earned All Star 5 recognition for the Spectres, a program that has produced the most Australian Olympic and World Championship players.
How is regarded as dangerous perimeter shooter and a crafty playmaker. Fundamentally sound in all facets of the game, she competed for New Plymouth Girls’ High School which is a member of the Taranaki Secondary Schools Association (TSSA). After earning New Plymouth’s MVP award, she was selected to compete in the 2016 New Zealand World Basketball Championships.
Dixon Edwards, Wagner’s third international newcomer, is a versatile lefty shooting wing who is a relative newcomer to the game of basketball which is a rapidly growing sport in London. She possesses excellent athleticism, is particularly adept at driving the ball to the basket, in addition to displaying a smooth shooting stroke.
A standout at both City of London High School as well as with the Peckham Pride Club team, she has competed in AAU summer tournaments in the United States with a team comprised of a mixture of players from the London and Peckham programs. She was named MVP of the 2016 U18 National Championship Team and boasts a career high scoring game of 35 points.
Another first year Seahawk is athletic 6 0 forward, (Sherman Oaks, CA / Calbasas). A Two sport athlete, as she was also a volleyball standout for the Coyotes, Davis began her scholastic career at Windward High School, in addition to gaining valauable experience competing for the Cal Stars AAU Club Team. Davis is the daughter of former longtime NBA standout Dale Davis, who was a first round draft pick of the Indiana Pacers in 1991, before going on to play for the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors and Detroit Pistons.
Jacobs welcomes another of freshmen guards in 5 8 (Severn, MD / Old Mill) and 5 6 (Spring Lake, NJ / Manasquan).
Dailey is an athletic combo guard who can play both point guard and shooting guard with the ability to get to the basket as well as shoot well from the perimeter. During her scholastic career, she helped guide Old Mill High School to three county championships. As a senior in 2016 17, Dailey averaged 9.1 points per game in helping Old Mill to a 26 1 record and the Maryland Semifinal Runner up in her junior season of 2016 17. In 2015, she aided her AAU team out of Maryland to an Adidas National Championship.
Masonius is a gritty, high energy lead guard who competed at Manasquan High School, a perennial New Jersey Group II power led by head coach Lisa Kukoda. As a junior, she helped Manasquan advance to the Tournament of Champions final for the third straight year and fourth time in the last five years. Masonius also competed for the New Jersey Wildcats, one of New Jersey’s most respected AAU programs.
Sitting out the season as per NCAA Division I transfer rules, but able to compete in practice this season, is 5 10 guard . The former Garden State scholastic standout at the Hun School, where she averaged 22.7 points and 4.2 rebounds with a career high game of 35 points vs. Willingboro HS, arrives at Wagner with two years of eligibility remaining after transferring from Saint Peter’s University. Mullen played two seasons at Saint Peter’s, appearing in 58 games. Last season, as a sophomore,
she averaged 7.5 points and 2.9 rebounds with a career high 20 points coming against Marist (12/4/16).