WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross women's basketball head coach Bill Gibbons has announced the signing of three players who will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2011. Ashley Cooper (Rumson, N.J.), Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) and Clare Sullivan (Belmont, Mass.) will all don the purple and white jerseys for the Crusaders next winter.
"We are excited to sign these three student-athletes for our class of 2015," said Gibbons. "Our needs were for two frontcourt players and a big, athletic guard. These three are terrific players and outstanding young ladies who all come from winning programs. They will compliment the young players we currently have contributing in our program."
Cooper is a 5-10 guard who plays for Rumson-Fairhaven High School in Rumson, N.J. She averaged 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as a junior, leading her team to a 21-7 overall record. She was also named second team All-Conference and All-County and led her conference in free throw percentage (81.4). "Ashley is a long, athletic guard who can really defend," said Gibbons. "She is a terrific passer and a three-point threat, Her high school team is a perennial power in New Jersey and had all five starters sign with Division I programs."
Parker is a 6-2 forward who plays for Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa. She averaged 13.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game as a junior, earning first team All-Conference honors. She was also named third team All-State and was an All-Academic honoree for her district. She is also a starting power forward for the Team Iowa AAU squad. "Emily continues our tradition of solid, tough players from the Midwest," continued Gibbons. "She can score both inside and facing up to the basket and really impressed us with her rebounding ability."
Sullivan is a 6-3 forward who plays for the Rivers School in Weston, Mass. She averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior and was twice named to the NESPA All-Star team. She is also a two-time first team All-League selection and is the starting center for the Bay State Jaguars AAU squad. The Jaguars won the Junior National Championship this past July. "Clare is a prototypical low post presence who can catch and score with both hands on the block," said Gibbons. "She is fundamentally sound and is a tremendous shot blocker."
Holy Cross will open up a five-game home stand at the Hart Center starting with a contest against New Hampshire on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 p.m. Anyone that brings a canned food item with them will pay a $2 admission fee into the game. All canned goods will be donated to the St. Joan of Arc food pantry for Thanksgiving.