April 12, 2012

White adds one more standout to superior recruiting class

GREEELEY, Colo. – Northern Colorado Women's Basketball head coach Jaime White Thursday announced the signing of Jamie Derrieux to a National Letter of Intent. Derrieux joins the fall signing class of Kyleigh Hiser, Rebecca Howell and Bay'lee Purdy.

The quartet of future Bears have all received extensive awards this season and is White's most highly decorated recruiting class since she arrived on the Northern Colorado campus.

Jamie Derrieux, Guard, 5-10, Grand Junction, Colo. (Grand Junction HS)
Derrieux was named the to the Denver Post 5A First-Team All-State team just yesterday after averaging 21.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 3.2 steals per game for the Tigers. She is also a three-sport athlete, earning four letters in track & field – competing in the hurdles and on relays – and two letters as a middle blocker on the volleyball team. She also was named the 2012 Southwestern League Player of the Year and is a two-time all-conference selection. She holds four school records and is also serving as the Student Body Co-President. She has been a member of student council all four years and is a member of the National Honor Society. Derrieux helped lead the Tigers to back-to-back SWL Championships and the team advanced to the Great Eight in her junior season and the round of 16 as a senior, ending with a 19-5 overall record.

In the fall signing period, White signed Hiser, Howell and Purdy. Below is an update of their accomplishments since November.

Kyleigh Hiser, Guard, 5-9, Laramie, Wyo. (Laramie HS)
Hiser was named MVP of the 4A East Conference as well as a 4A All-State selection by the Casper Star-Tribune. She finished her senior season averaging 13.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.5 steals a contest. Hiser also helped lead her team to their first state championship in school history, scoring 11 points in the first quarter alone, and an overall record of 23-4.

Rebecca Howell, Forward, 6-1, Denver, Colo. (Bishop Machebeuf HS)
Was named the Denver Post 3A's Ms. Colorado and to the All-State First-Team after averaging 16 points, 11 rebounds and two steals per game. Howell helped lead the Buffs to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Her high school head coach Ellie Kempf praised her hard work and dedication on and off the court. Howell was invited and played in The Show all-star game, highlighting the state's best talent.

Bay'lee Purdy, Guard, 5-7, Agate, Colo. (Deer Trail)
On Wednesday was named the Denver Post 1A's Ms. Colorado and was the only player from 1A to play in The Show all-star game. She led the state in her senior year averaging 33.2 points, as well as averaged 6.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 5.8 steals per game. During her final campaign she scored over 40 points on five occasions and scored under 20 just once all year.