UC Santa Cruz women's basketball coach Todd Kent has announced the 2016 recruiting class who will play for the Slugs beginning in the fall of 2012. The class consists of four excellent student-athletes, including Lashay Alexander, Trina Torres, Amanda Spence, and Ashley Holmes.
"We are very excited to be welcoming these tremendous student-athletes to our program," stated Kent, who just led the women's basketball program to one of their most successful seasons in program history. "Each of the four brings something special to our team and they all will make an immediate impact. We are very excited to welcome them to our family."
Lashay Alexander (5'11" Power Forward)
Foothill High School, Bakersfield CA
Lashay was a member of the Foothill High School Trojans in Bakersfield, California. She was voted First Team All-Area her senior year averaging 21.9 points, 15.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. She scored a career high 40 points against South High School on November 30, 2011 leading her team to a 102-86 victory. During her senior season she has 15 or more rebounds in 10 games with a career high 28 against Mira Monte High School. "Lashay has the ability to track rebounds that very few players possess at our level," stated Kent. "She will make an immediate impact on our already strong low post play with her athleticism and aggression."
Trina Torres (6'0" Point Guard/Wing)
Corcoran High School, Corcoran CA
Trina comes to Santa Cruz after being an All-League student athlete in both basketball and volleyball. During her four years as a varsity basketball starter she was awarded the East Sequoia League MVP her senior year and was All-Kings County her junior and senior year. Trina closed out a four-year career with 1,212 points averaging 21.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 4.1 steals per game her senior season. "Trina brings length and athleticism to our perimeter. She has great potential to be an impact player at the DIII level as she develops over the next four years.
Amanda Spence (5'9" Shooting Guard)
Santa Ynez High School, Santa Ynez, CA
Amanda was a three-year varsity student athlete while attending Santa Ynez High School. She earned multiple All-League honors and was selected team MVP her sophomore year averaging 12.4 points and 4 rebounds per game from the shooting guard position. "Amanda is a great shooter with a high basketball IQ. Having watched Amanda demonstrate tremendous character dealing with multiple injuries her junior and senior year only made our staff want her in our program even more", stated Kent. Amanda also competed for the California Storm basketball club averaging 10.6 points, 5.3 assists, and 7.8 rebounds per game the 2010 summer/fall season.
Ashley Holmes (5'10" Small Forward)
Livermore High School, Livermore CA
Ashley joins the Slugs as a three-year varsity basketball starter for the Cowboys. She was selected EBAL Second Team 2011-12 and honorable mention 2010-11, NCS Scholar Athlete 2009-12, and Del Mar Classic Tournament MVP 2012. She lead her high school team to the North Coast Section Playoffs in 2010-11 finishing 3rd in their conference. "Ashley brings a great deal of versatility to our program as she can play both on the perimeter and in the post. She was asked to do a number of different things for her high school program and has developed into a very confident basketball player with a versatile skill set."
"They bring rebounding, scoring, size, athleticism and an outstanding work ethic," said Coach Kent. "They all fit the program's priorities of academics, family, and basketball. We are excited that each student-athlete has made the decision to take full advantage of UC Santa Cruz's tremendous academics while having the opportunity to be a part of a program on the rise in DIII women's basketball. We can hardly wait to get onto the court with our returners and incoming freshman in October."