Meet the Newest Members of the NKU Women's Basketball Team
The Northern Kentucky University Women’s Basketball team has announced the signing of four student-athletes to national letters of intent. The signees will arrive on campus for the 2016-2017 season.
“We are extremely excited about the four young ladies who have joined our Norse family,” said head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. “First and foremost, they are incredible people that come from very special families. Secondly, they are top notch students and third of all they are great basketball players. In terms of basketball, this class adds size, length, athleticism, and a highly competitive nature to our Norse squad. Hannah, Ansley, Hayley, and Laura have all played in high school and AAU programs that are coached very well and win at an extremely high level.”
Hannah Clark, a 5-11 guard from Millersburg, Ohio, will provide an additional scoring punch to the Norse offense. The senior from West Holmes High School averaged 14.3 points and six rebounds per game in her junior season. Clark has led West Holmes to a remarkable 81-6 record in her three seasons, with a Final Four finish in 2015, State Runner Up in 2013, and a State Championship in 2014. Clark also is an accomplished runner in track and field as well as cross country, and played club basketball with SMAC Believe. She plans to major in business when she enrolls at NKU.
“Hannah is a high-energy person and carries that out onto the court,” said Plitzuweit. “She has the ability to shoot it from the arc, slash to the basket, attack in transition, and she can also post up and score. More importantly, she defends well and with her length and athleticism, she covers a lot of ground. We are thrilled about Hannah’s decision to join our program!”
Ansley Eubank, a 5-9 guard coming from Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Oakland High School, will bring a winning pedigree and strong defensive ability to the Norse. In her three high school seasons she has helped lead her teams to records of 24-6, 26-7, and 28-8. As a junior, she averaged 9.4 points and 2.8 steals per game while helping the Patriots to the TSSAA Class AAA state runner-up. She played club basketball for Kentucky Premier, who competed at the highest level in the Nike EYBL circuit.
“Ansley has played against the best competition in the country in both her high school and AAU seasons,” added Plitzuweit. “She is a combo guard who we believe can help us attack in transition as well as in a half-court setting. She is a player who is a relentless worker and is a lockdown defender. We believe that she is a warrior and we are very excited to have her suit up in a Norse jersey soon.”
Hayley Combs, a 6-0 forward from Alter High School in Centerville, Ohio, will provide size and versatility in the frontcourt for the Norse. Over the course of the past two seasons, Combs’ Alter teams have accumulated a 59-1 record, including a State Championship in 2015. She has averaged 4.3 rebounds in her career while also averaging 7.3 points per game. Combs is a two-sport athlete at Alter High School, also participating in softball. She has played her club basketball with the Angels of Mason, Ohio.
“Hayley carries herself with an enthusiasm that is contagious,” noted Plitzuweit. “She is listed as a post player, but has the ability to do more than simply play with her back to the basket. We believe that she can have an impact on both ends of the court with her size and toughness. She will be joining Kelley Wiegman and Kasey Uetrecht who also competed in the Cincinnati Angels AAU Program prior to becoming a Norse. We could not be more excited about Hayley’s decision to join us at NKU!”
Laura Thomas, a junior guard from New Castle High School in Indiana, will bring playmaking and shooting ability when she arrives on campus. In her junior campaign, she averaged 15.5 points, and 3.8 assists per game. Clark earned All-HHC honorable mention as a sophomore, and was an All-HHC selection following her junior season. She played club basketball with the Indy Gym Rats.
“Laura is a high-IQ point guard that has a great feel for the game. Her skill set is complimented by her poise and composure on the court. She can set up her teammates as well as knock down shots herself. She is an ultra-competitor that gives her best effort in all facets of the game. We are eager for Laura’s arrival on our campus!”
Clark, Eubank, Combs, and Thomas will join the NKU team after they complete their senior season of high school basketball and graduate in the spring. NKU will begin its second season in the Horizon League as these four players join the squad.
For more information on the NKU Women’s Basketball team, visit the website at nkunorse.com.
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