Nov. 15, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball program has signed three players - Lindsey Bogachus, Jessie Graham, and Charmaine Jones - to national letters of intent, head coach Jenny Przekwas announced Thursday.
The trio includes two players hailing from Washington - Bogachus (Bo-gah-chus), a 6-foot-2 forward from Bellevue High School - and Graham, a 5-foot-11 guard from Lakeside High School in Seattle. Jones, a 5-foot-6 guard from Rolling Hills Prep in Los Angeles, Calif., rounds out the signing class.
"Pippa Pierce has done a very good job as our recruiting coordinator," said Przekwas. "With these three early signings, we are finally ahead in the recruiting game. All three will impact the program."
Bogachus is a member of a Bellevue team that has won back-to-back KingCo 3A championships. Last season, Bellevue finished 24-6 and placed sixth at the 3A state girl's tournament.
In addition to her success on the court, Bogachus is a force in the water, earning All-America status en route to leading Bellevue to a state swimming championship this fall.
"Bogachus is a forward who will bring strength, size and versatility to that position for us," offered Pierce. "She will make an impact immediately."
Graham's Lakeside Lions defeated Bogachus' Wolverines for third place in last year's 3A basketball tournament. In that game, Graham scored 17 points, making good on five three-pointers. A second team All-Metro League selection last season, Graham led Lakeside in steals, assists and blocked shots as the Lions compiled a 25-5 mark during the 2000-01 season.
"Graham will bring size and shooting range to our perimeter game," Pierce said. "Although she is coming off knee surgery (last spring), she has had quality time for her rehabilitation and we are expecting her to be at full strength when she arrives in the fall of 2002."
Jones enters her senior year at Rolling Hills Prep having earned first team All-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) honors the past two years along with a second team nod as a freshman. In addition, Jones led the Huskies to a 25-5 record and an Express League Championship last year.
"Jones is a gifted guard who will add quickness and athleticism to our backcourt," Pierce said. "She understands what it is going to take to win at this level."
The Cougars begin the 2001-02 season this weekend at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. WSU opens the tournament with Hawaii, Saturday at 5 p.m. Pacific.