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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

November 12, 2003

Bearcat Women Sign Six Recruits

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University head women's basketball coach Gene Steinmeyer has announced the signing of six high school student-athletes to national letters-of-intent.

Meghan Lee Brue
5-11, Guard, Underwood, Iowa
Underwood High School

Notes: Brue averaged 12.5 points, five rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as a junior. She led her team to a state championship last season.
Coach Steinmeyer Says: "Meghan is a great ball-handler, passer and shooter. She can play just about anywhere on the floor, including the point. She comes off a state championship team as a junior and they're likely to repeat this year. She'll bring the mentality of a champion to our program."

Julie Bunge
6-0, Forward/Center, Wentzville, Mo.
Fort Zumwalt North High School

Notes: Bunge averaged 12.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game as a junior. She was a Gateway Athletic Conference All-Academic team member last season. Bunge led the Fort Zumwalt North team in scoring as a junior and was a nominee for the Wendy's High School Heisman. Bunge is also a standout in volleyball and track and field. She was a second-team all-conference selection in volleyball this year, while taking third place in the Gateway Athletic Conference high jump as a junior. She has earned eight varsity letters midway through her senior year.
Coach Steinmeyer Says: "Julie is a post player with the speed of a guard. She has outstanding leaping ability to go along with her quickness. Julie will be another mobile post in our program."

Chelsea Ernzen
6-0, Center, Easton, Kan.
Pleasant Ridge High School

Notes: Ernzen scored 16 points, pulled down 8.8 rebounds and dished out three assists per game as a junior for Pleasant Ridge High School. She was a first-team all-conference selection as a junior.
Coach Steinmeyer Says: "Chelsea had an outstanding summer, playing on the best AAU team in her district in Kansas. She adds height and mobility to our inside game. She also has the ability to play the perimeter."

Megan Hamilton
5-6, Guard, Newalla, Okla.
Harrah High School

Notes: Hamilton was one of the top three-point shooters in the state of Oklahoma as a junior. She scored 15 points, while averaging three rebounds and three assists per game last season. Hamilton earned all-state tournament honors and all-conference recognition as a junior at Harrah High School. She was named her team's offensive MVP in 2002 and the team's defensive MVP last season.
Coach Steinmeyer Says: "I saw Megan play in the AAU National Tournament this summer in Florida. She has great shooting range and will really stretch defenses. She also can play point guard and will add a lot of versatility to the team."

Kalena Kenney
5-8, Guard, Stockton, Mo.
Stockton High School

Notes: Kenney was a first-team all-region and first-team all-conference selection for Stockton High School last season. She led her squad to state championships as a freshman and as a junior. Kenney led her team in three-point shooting last season. She averaged 12.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game as a junior. Kenney is also a standout volleyball player. She was an all-conference and all-district selection in volleyball this year.
Coach Steinmeyer Says: "Kalena brings excellent skills to our program, and she is an extremely intelligent basketball player. She played on a state championship team as a junior and her team is likely to repeat this year. Kalena will bring that championship mentality to the team."

Mandi Schumacher
6-0, Center, Columbus, Neb.
Scotus Central Catholic High School

Notes: Schumacher averaged 12 points per game on a Scotus Central Catholic squad, which averaged just more than 30 points per contest. She earned first-team all-state, all-district and all-conference honors as a junior. Schumacher helped lead her squad to a state runner-up finish as a sophomore, while earning all-state honorable mention accolades.
Coach Steinmeyer Says: "Mandi really caught our attention with her play on the Nebraska elite all-star team this summer. She is a very strong post player, but is also very mobile. She will be a great fit for our program."

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