Nov. 10, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball program signed three players - Katie Appleton, Ebonee Coates and Heather Molzen - to National Letters of Intent, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Wednesday.
The class, who collectively boasts a 3.6 GPA, is highlighted by an in-state athlete - Coates, a 6-foot-4 post from Curtis High School in Tacoma, Wash. - and a pair of players hailing from California: Appleton, a 5-foot-8 point guard who resides in Big Bear Lake and attends Apple Valley High School and Molzen, a 6-foot-3 post from El Capitan High School in Lakeside.
"This signing class represents the fulfillment of two critical needs for our program: size and a true point guard," Murrell said. "These players are extremely talented and very smart. They fit into our program both on and off the court. I'm especially pleased that we were able to keep a talented and highly recruited athlete like Ebonee Coates in state."
Coates most recently played as a member of the USA West team that won every game at the 2004 USA Basketball Women's Youth Developmental Festival, which took place last June. As she enters her senior year at Curtis High School, Coates has scored 474 points and tallied 484 rebounds in her three year career at the school.
As a junior, Coates was named MVP of the Seattle Public School League All-Star game. During that season, Coates averaged 9.3 points and 10.2 rebounds a game leading her team to a 21-5 overall record. That followed up a sophomore campaign in which Coates averaged 11.4 points and 10.8 rebounds a contest. Over the past two years, Coates has recorded a total of 91 blocks.
Playing for coach Rob Martin at Apple Valley, Appleton averaged at least 11 points and six rebounds a game in each of her last two seasons. As she enters her senior year, Appleton has been the starting point guard for a team that compiled a 63-20 overall record including a 21-3 mark in Mojave River League play over the past three years.
As a sophomore, Appleton averaged 11.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.2 steals and 5.1 assists a game in leading her team to a 21-6 record including a perfect 8-0 mark in league play. Appleton's play earned her the league's player of the year honor and an All-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Southern Section First Team honor. Appleton followed up her sophomore year by averaging 11 points and 6.1 rebounds a game as a junior, earning her league first team accolades and another CIF Southern Section First Team honor.
Under the tutelage of coach Darin Curtis, Molzen has a career average of 15.7 points, 14.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks a game entering her senior season at El Capitan. A three-year starter, Molzen is a two-time first team All-East County and All-Grossmont North League selection.
As a junior, Molzen earned a San Diego Union Tribune Athlete of the Week honor as well as a selection to the newspaper's All-Academic Team. Molzen averaged 15.7 points and 10.8 rebounds last season in leading her team to a 29-4 record.