May 22, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. - Crystal Blue, a 5-foot-10 guard from Seattle Wash., has signed a national letter of intent to play women's basketball for Washington State University, Head Coach Sherri Murrell announced, Thursday.
A 2001 graduate from Franklin High School in Seattle, Blue will transfer to WSU from Odessa College in Odessa, Texas where she played for Head Coach Timmi Brown.
"We're very excited about the addition of Crystal Blue to our first full recruiting class here at WSU," Murrell said. "Crystal has been part of a strong program at Odessa and has been very well coached by Coach Brown and her staff. She's a terrific example of the talented players that year in and year out come out of the state of Washington."
During the 2002-03 season at Odessa, Blue averaged 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists. She shot 45 percent from the field including 37 percent from three-point territory. Blue's play earned her a first team All-Western Junior Athletic Conference selection, which followed up her honorable mention honor after her freshman campaign.
Among the honors Blue earned at Franklin were an All-Kingco League first team selection as a senior and she participated in the Emerald City All-Star Game.
"Crystal is very dynamic and has a lot of versatility as a perimeter player," Murrell said. "Her ability to get to the basket and create opportunities for both herself and her teammates will be very effective in the Pac-10. She's proven herself to be a strong rebounding guard and defensively she can match up well with the kind of guards that we see in our conference."
Blue joins Murrell's 2002-03 recruiting class that includes Adriane Ferguson, a 6-foot guard out of Spokane, Wash., a first team All-State selection while averaging 15.8 points a game her senior season, and Kate Benz, a 6-foot-2 forward from Portland, Ore, who was a first team All-State honoree as well with averages of 15.9 points and 12.7 rebounds a contest.
The class continues with Nikki Stratton of Colorado Springs, Colo., a 5-foot-10 guard who garnered first team All-State recognition posting a 16 points per game average while leading the state of Colorado with an assist average of 6.1 per outing, and Stephanie Singer, a 5-foot-7 point guard out of Eugene, Ore., who received first team All-State honors while putting up 15 points per game and dishing out seven assists.