Women'sbasketball adds three Colorado players to recruiting class
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs women's basketball coach Corey Laster announced Wednesday that he had received National Letters of Intent from three Colorado players. Joining the Mountain Lions for the 2011-12 season will be Michelle Brassard of Rampart High School, Shannon Kelly of Pine Creek HS and Bre Burgesser of Broomfield HS.
Brassard averaged 12.8 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game her senior season. She had four double-doubles and her best game came in a 59-40 win against Lewis-Palmer, when she scored 16 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, had five steals and had a season-high four blocks. Her season high in points came against Montebello in an 80-61 victory where she contributed 23.
Brassard was named to the Colorado Springs Metro Class 5A All-League team and was also named to the Colorado Springs Gazette's All-Defensive Team for her efforts during her senior campaign
"She is a big guard who is very motivated," said Laster. "I was impressed with her desire to learn and her ability to shoot from the outside. Michelle is a hard worker and dedicated student. I am tremendously comfortable with her as a player and expect her to develop into a strong RMAC player."
Kelly averaged a team best 10.1 points per game while grabbing 5.8 rebounds during her senior season. She also led her team in steals with 76 and assists with 63. Her best game as a senior came against Mission Hills High School (Calif.) when she dropped 16 points and landed 15 rebounds while accounting for four assists and five steals, one of the eight times she recorded five or more steals last year. Like Brassard, Kelly was also named to the Colorado Springs Metro Class 5A All-League team.
"She played for a strong program in Pine Creek," said Laster. "Shannon has the ability to get out in transition and finish well around the rim. She has good size and athleticism. She is a competitor and will provide some toughness out front as she develops."
Six-foot-3 center Bre Burgesser was a member of four state championship teams while at Broomfield. In her senior season, she was third on the team in scoring with nine points per game while shooting just over 50 percent from the field. She was also second on the team in rebounds (165) and blocks (37). Burgesser had 57 assists and 26 steals in her final season as a Broomfield Eagle. She was named All-State honorable mention by the Denver Post and was coached by the coach of the year in Mike Croell.
"(Bre) is a wonderful person who comes from a dynamic program that has been so successful," said Laster. "She brings invaluable experience to a program like ours that is trying to get better. She has tremendous size and can right away be an impact player on the defense end. She has been well coached and has a big upside as we move forward."
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