April 25, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. - The most heralded recruiting class in Washington State women's basketball history, ranked as high as No. 16 by some recruiting publications, continued to bring in honors and accolades in their final high school seasons.
The following is a recap of what WSU's incoming freshmen accomplished in their senior seasons.
Katie Grad, a 5-foot-8 guard from Auburn, Wash., was named the 3A Washington State Tournament's most valuable player en route to leading Auburn-Riverside High School to its second-consecutive state championship. Named the state player of the year by The Tacoma News Tribune, Grad became her school's all-time leading scorer. She also garnered first-team all-state selections from both the Seattle Times and the Seattle PI after averaging 21 points, 11 rebounds and five steals per game. She was named SPSL League MVP and led Auburn-Riverside to its third-consecutive league title. Grad was selected to play in the Northwest Shootout, pitting the top players from Washington against the top players from Oregon, and was one of 12 Washington players to be nominated for McDonald's All-America.
Jessica Oestreicher, a 6-8 center from Redding, Calif., led her team to a 30-2 record. Oestreicher, who averaged 11.4 points, 6.7 rebound and 2.4 blocks per game, was named honorable mention All-America by The Sporting News. She was named to two all-tournament teams and participated in the Double Pump Northern California All-Star and Lions Club Northern California All-Star Games. The McDonald's All-America nominee also earned CalHiSports Athlete of the Week honors.
April Cook, a 5-8 guard from Long Beach, Calif., led Long Beach Poly to its third-consecutive state championship, winning the title in a game against future Cougar teammate Jazmine Perkins of Berkeley High. Cook was named first-team all-state and was a McDonald's All-America nominee, as Long Beach Poly finished the season as the nation's second-ranked team by USA Today, ESPN and HoopGurlz. She also garnered third-team all-state honors from CalHiSports.
Danielle LeNoir, a 5-6 point guard from Los Angeles, led Narbonne High School to the Southern California Section championship game, where it fell in overtime to Cook's Long Beach Poly team. LeNoir, a McDonalds All-America nominee, was named to three different all-tournament teams, garnering tournament MVP honors at the La Jolla Country Day Tournament. She was named first-team All-Marine League en route to leading Narbonne to a co-league championship and the CIF Los Angeles City Section championship, and garnered first-team Daily Breeze All-Area and CIF Los Angeles City Section First Team honors.
Lexie Pettersen, a 6-1 forward from Spokane, was named first-team All-Greater Spokane League and honorable mention all-state by the Associated Press. She became just the 16th player in league history to amass 1,000 career points, and her 1,444 career points ranks sixth in GSL history. Pettersen is Shadle Park's all-time leader in career points and career rebounds, and was selected play in the Northwest Shootout game, featuring the top players from Washington and Oregon. She was one of 12 Washington players to be nominated for McDonald's All-America. Pettersen was named Shadle Park's team MVP this past season, and was the GSL's Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Rosie Tarnowski, a 6-1 guard/forward from Philadelphia, was recognized as the top senior girls' basketball player in the city of Philadelphia by the William Markward Memorial Basketball Club, becoming the first female to be honored in the 62-year history of the club. Tarnowski led Archbishop Wood High School to a 23-3 record and the Catholic League semifinals. She was named first-team All-Catholic League, Associated Press AAAA third-team all-state and was one of 12 nominees in Pennsylvania for McDonald's All-America. Tarnowski's Archbishop was ranked as one of the top 20 teams nationally by a number of publications.
Jazmine Perkins, a 5-10 guard from Berkeley, Calif., led Berkeley High School to the Northern California championship, but fell in the state title game to Cook's Long Beach Poly squad. Perkins scored 28 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and recorded three steals and three blocks in the Northern California championship game. She was named a Street & Smith's All-America and earned all-league honors after leading Berkeley to the league title. Perkins was also named the most valuable player of the Division I NorCal Championships and earned CalHiSports third-team all-state all-divisions and CalHiSports Northern California Athlete of the Week accolades.