Incoming IU Women's Basketball Class Wraps Up Successful 2008-09 Seasons
April 11, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball class of 2009-10 head to Bloomington after ending successful seasons at the high school and junior college level. The class of four standouts signed National Letters of Intent to play at Indiana during the early signing period in November.
Hope Elam, a 6-1 forward from Champaign, Ill., was named NJCAA First Team All-American after averaging 21.2 points per game at Vincennes University this season. She ranks eighth nationally in scoring among junior college programs, and averaged 11 rebounds per game, which ranked fifth.
Elam shot 77.7 percent from the free throw line and sank 45.6 percent of her shot from the field, including 32.0 percent from the 3-point line. She helped lead the Lady Traiblazers to a 25-10 record as they reached the final game of the national championship tournament's consolation bracket.
Elam joins Aulani Sinclair, a 6-1 post from Indiana's Eminence High School. Sinclair was named an Indiana All-Star at the conclusion of her senior season after she set the career and single-game records in scoring. She also averaged the second-most rebounds, tied for second in blocked shots and tallied the third-most points in the state. Sinclair finished with a double-double in every game and has 20 or more rebounds twice.
Sasha Bernard, a 5-6 point guard from Delray Beach Atlantic High School in Florida, averaged 15.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game in her final high school campaign. She earned First Team All-County Fab-5, First Team All-State, and was a McDonald's All-American nominee after ranking third in the county in scoring and leading in assists. Bernard helped Atlantic to its third straight district championship, second consecutive conference title, and first regional championship and appearance at the state tournament. Bernard led Atlantic to to the Final Four of the Florida state tournament, falling to Norland, the eventual state champion.
Jasmine Davis, a 6-2 forward from Massac County High School in Metropolis, Ill., ended her high school career with 1,384 points and 868 rebounds. She was an Associated Press and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) First Team All-State honoree as a senior. She also was named Second Team All-State by the Champaign News-Gazette. Davis helped Massac County to a 94-25 record in four seasons. She set the single season mark in rebounds and holds the most double-doubles in school history. Davis also ranks third in career rebounding.
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