RSU women’s basketball announce signing class
Rogers State Athletics
The Rogers State University women's basketball team and head coach Kyle Bent have announced the signing class for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
The women's basketball program has added seven new members to the Hillcats with three true freshman and four transfers coming to College Hill.
"This is a group of players that will bring a lot to the program," said Bent. "They possess not only talent, but also exude the maturity and drive that we look for when recruiting student-athletes. Coach Pitts and I look forward to getting them on campus."
The group of seven will come from six different states and includes one international.
Rylie Elkin is one of the three freshmen who will be joining the Hillcats, coming from Houston, Texas and Langham Creek High School. The 6'1 post player was a part of three postseason 6A postseason teams, making two appearances in the regionals and one trip to the bi-district finals.
Elkin plans to major in Marketing with a minor in graphic design. She has earned Academic All-District and All-State honors.
She is the daughter of Rosie and Bart. Her brother Bryce just completed his freshman season as a member of the football team at Stephen F. Austin.
Bailey Kliewer will come to Claremore from Harrisonville, Missouri and Harrisonville High School.
The highly decorated freshman was a three-time first team all-conference and class 4 all-district player, leading her team to the district championship in 2017.
A two-year captain, Kliewer has made eight all-tournament teams, participated in three all-star games and was a part of two dream teams.
She also lettered two years in tennis and three seasons in track.
Kliewer plans to major in Sports Management. During here high school career, she earned eight academic all-conference honors.
She is the daughter of Brian and Rebecca and has three brothers; Garrett, Dillon and Brock.
Her grandfather Norman was a three sport-star at Bethany College and went on to play minor league baseball. Her father also played football at Bethany College and her brother Brock just wrapped up a football career at Missouri State University in 2018.
Alyche' Brown is the third and final freshman, but will be extending a family tree at Rogers State.
She is the sister of current women's basketball senior Alicia Brown. Alyche' will be coming from Leavenworth, Kansas and Leavenworth High School.
A two-year team captain, Brown has earned multiple all-league, all-conference and all-area honors as she has led the team to a pair of top-three state finishes in the 5A tournament, while also claiming two Sunflower League Championships and a United Kansas Conference Championship.
Alyche' will major in Psychology and Rogers State and comes to College Hill after four consecutive years on the honor roll at Leavenworth, while also being a member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars.
She is the daughter of William and Alice. Besides her sister Alicia, Alyche' also has a brother, William III, who has played college baseball and football.
Julie Luna is the first of four transfers who will wear the Hillcat Navy and Red and will be a sophomore transfer.
Luna comes to Claremore from Richland County High School in Olney, Illinois, by way of Wabash Valley College. During her freshman campaign at WVC, the guard averaged 5.6 points and 2.4 assists per game as the team went 32-1 and made a national tournament appearance.
As a senior in high school, she averaged 16.6 points per game, scoring 480 points. She finished third on the all-time scoring list with 1802 career points at Richland County.
She was a four-time all-conference selection with four all-tournament honors and an all-state selection in 2016-17.
Luna will be majoring in Biology. She graduated high school Summa Cum Laude, finishing with high honors (5.0 GPA) all four years.
She is the daughter of Stephen and Jill. She also has two sisters; Jennifer and Jaycie.
Katrina Christian is the second of three sophomore transfers and will also come to College Hill as a sophomore.
Christian is from Crothersville, Indiana and went to Crothersville High School before attending Eastern Illinois and Lake Land College.
At Lake Land, the guard averaged 10.5 points and 4.8 rebounds to help lead the team to as high as 15th in the nation.
In high school, Christian helped Crothersville to a sectional title after finishing her career as the all-time leading scorer for boys or girls, finishing with 1665 career points, while also owning the single-season scoring record.
She was named the conference player of the year in 2017 and was a four-time all-conference selection. Christian will major in Mass Communication at Rogers State. She is the daughter of Chris and Jessica. She has one brother; Ethan.
Samariah Thompson is the third sophomore transfer for Rogers State and will come to the Hillcats after spending her freshman season at Martin Methodist College.
Thompson is from Dyersburg, Tennessee and attended Dyersburg High School. Thompson was a key player for the RedHawks off the bench in 2018-19, playing in 30 games, scoring 7.0 points per game.
Thompson shot 43 percent from the field and had 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, averaging just 14 minutes.
Thompson led the Trojans at Dyersburg High School to a pair of 20-win seasons during her junior and senior years, including a 24-8 record and an 8-2 mark in district play as a senior, the strongest season in the program's recent history.
She is the daughter of Christina and Mark and her major at Rogers State is undecided.
Vanessa Gajdosova is the final transfer for the Hillcats and will come to Rogers State from Košice, Slovakia by way of John Wood Community College in Quincy, Illinois.
Gajdosova was a member of the Slovakia National U18 Team and was also named to the all-star team in the Slovakian Championships.
The guard helped her club team to a fourth-place finish in the Slovakian Championships.
As a point guard at John Wood, Gajdosova averaged six points, four rebounds and four assists per game.
Gajdosova also spent one season at Warner Pacific University after graduating from North Bend High School in North Bend, Oregon.
She is the daughter of Zuzana and Frantisek. She is the sister to Frantisek and Franco Pavol.
The 2019-20 signing class is the first class for coach Bent, who took over the program in August of 2018 and will begin his second season at the helm of the Hillcats when they get underway with the 2019-20 season in November.