Nov. 14, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego head women's basketball coach Cindy Fisher is proud to announce the signings of three players to National Letters of Intent to play basketball for the Toreros beginning in the 2013-14 school year. Signing NLI's with the Toreros are guards Cori Woodward (Vancouver, Wash.) and Katherine Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), as well as forward Alexandria Young (San Diego, Calif.).
"We are very excited about our 2013 recruiting class, as we have added athleticism, skill and leadership to our team," said Fisher. "I want to thank my staff for all of their hard work on signing this talented group of young women."
Woodward, a 5-6 point guard from Prairie High School, is coming off a junior campaign where she led her team to the 3A state championship. Woodward averaged 11.8 points and 5.2 assists-per-game last year while shooting .396 from 3-point range. Woodward received numerous awards last season including: first-team All-League, Outstanding Scholastic Award, Scholar Athlete Award, and State Sportsmanship Award. In her two seasons as a varsity player, Woodward's teams have gone 54-2, advancing to the 3A state championship game both seasons. Woodward was also recruited by UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Portland State, Montana, and Brown.
"Cori is an outstanding point guard that has great leadership qualities," stated Fisher. "I love her versatility and her basketball IQ is very high for a young player. Cori comes from a very successful high school program that knows how to win and expects to win. Her mental toughness and work ethic are qualities that I love to find in student athletes today. She has the same kind of confidence and drive in the classroom that will assure her great success at USD."
"I chose USD because the campus is beautiful and it's somewhere I would love to be every day," Woodward said. "During my first visit, I saw an obvious sense of school pride from the admissions staff to the alumni association. Lastly, the women's basketball team was everything I'd hoped to be a part of someday."
"Cori Woodward was a special player for us. She grew as a player behind other exceptional point guards early in her career," stated Al Aldridge, former head coach at Prairie High School (during Cori's first three year of school). "Those guards had several injuries forcing quality and critically important minutes on Cori. Her response was nothing short of spectacular. She ran our high school teams and summer club team with confidence, determination, and a fierce competitive spirit; taking a wounded team to a state title game her sophomore year, and a state championship her junior year. San Diego is receiving a special player. Cori is a player who understands the game and leads by example."
Hamilton, a 5-8 guard from Dobson High School, was highly recruited by schools all over the country after an impressive junior season where she helped her team reach the semifinals of the Arizona state championship. Hamilton earned first-team All-State honors after averaging 14.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.9 steals, and 3.6 assists-per-game in her junior season. During her sophomore season, Hamilton averaged 11.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.9 steals, and 3.6 assists-per-game. In her freshman year Hamilton was part of a state championship team and earned All-State honorable mention after averaging 6.8 points and 3.4 assists-per-game. Hamilton chose USD over schools such as Providence, Utah, Indiana, Michigan State, and Arizona.
"Kat has been around our program for many years and I knew that I wanted her to be a Torero the day I saw her at camp entering her freshman season," explained Fisher. "She played with Kameron Knutson and was coached under a great coach Tyler Dumas at Dobson High school. Kat stood out at a very young age as an extremely talented basketball player and a star in the classroom. Her abilities at the guard spot will allow us to do a lot of different things with her early in her career. Kat has a very high skill level and will be able to contribute to our program right away. "
"I love and have known the coaching staff for years," Hamilton said. "Along with the campus feeling like home, the players and alumni made me feel like family already."
"The University of San Diego and Coach Fisher are getting an incredible person and athlete in Katherine Hamilton," stated Dobson High School head coach Ty Dumas. "Katherine is a dynamic athlete that has excelled on and off the court during her time here at Dobson. Katherine's athletic ability mixed with the development of her basketball skills put her in a position to make an immediate impact at the collegiate level."
Young, a 6-0 forward from Mater Dei Catholic High School in Chula Vista, was named Mesa League MVP after averaging 12.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Young was also named to the All-San Diego Section Second-Team. In her sophomore season, Young averaged a double-double with 15.1 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. As a freshmen, Young averaged 12.4 points and 9.8 rebounds a game. Young has led her team to a Mesa League Championship in all three of her varsity seasons.
"Alex is a great athlete that will be a versatile player in our program. She will be able to add a great deal of rebounding effort and athleticism to our post game," stated Fisher. "Alex is a great student and an extremely confident and focused individual that will have great success at USD. Alex comes from a very successful high school program at Mater Dei high school under coach David Monroe who has done an outstanding job with her."
"I chose to attend USD because of the school size, the excellent women's basketball program, and the academic excellence of the University," stated Young. "This team also just has that great family atmosphere to it."
"Alexandria Young, better known as Alex, is the classic student-athlete that any coach would love to have in their program," stated Mater Dei High School head coach David Monroe. "Alexandria's athletic ability to play inside and outside, and her ability to run the floor is exceptional. She can score everywhere on the court. She will bring a positive attitude and a great work ethic to the USD program, and she carries those same characteristics into the classroom with her."