April 13, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Amanda DuRocher, a 5-foot-9 guard from Bethel High School in Spanaway, Wash., has signed a National Letter of Intent to play women's basketball for Washington State University, head coach Sherri Murrell announced, Wednesday.
DuRocher joins fall signee Ebonee Coates of Curtis High School in Tacoma, Wash., as another in-state product to join the program as part of Murrell's 2004-05 class.
"I'm thrilled to have another talented Washington native joining us here at WSU," Murrell said. "Amanda is a long range shooter and is a physically strong athlete who should fit right into Pacific-10 Conference basketball."
"This kid hates to lose and she will join three other new players that have that same attitude," Murrell added.
Under the tutelage of coach John Ainslie, DuRocher was named the SPSL (South Puget Sound League) South co-MVP as a senior. During her senior year, DuRocher averaged 17 points a game leading Bethel to a 23-4 record, including an undefeated mark in league play en route to a SPSL South championship.
Finishing her career as the school's all-time 3-point leader, DuRocher, who was named to the 2005 Tacoma News Tribune Second Team All-Area squad and a Seattle P-I Winter All-Star, led Bethel in points and steals during each of her three years with the Braves.
As a junior, DuRocher earned SPSL first team honors as she averaged 18 points a game and earned second team All-SPSL accolades as a sophomore.
Basketball was not the only sport that DuRocher excelled in as she was named first team All-SPSL in soccer three times in her high school career. DuRocher was a two-time All-State second team selection and was named as the Seattle P-I All-Star goalkeeper in 2003.
DuRocher joins a trio of fall signees to make up Murrell's 2004-05 recruiting class. The fall contingent includes Coates, Katie Appleton, and Heather Molzen.
A 6-foot-4 post, Coates was named in Blue Star Index's Top 100 Seniors list. 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 complete the trio.