Women’s Basketball brings in three for 2021 recruiting class
BETHLEHEM, PA. – After a Patriot League championship run that saw the Lehigh women’s basketball program take an NCAA course for the first time since 2010, the Mountain Hawks will enter the 2021-22 season with largely the same roster as last season. with a few new additions to the crease.
Head coach Sue Troyan and her coaching staff officially announce a new class made up of three outstanding athletes.
“We’re excited to have our class arrive on campus in 2021 as it meets all of the requirements of our program and gives instant depth to a strong core of returning players,” said Troyan. “All three players are proven winners who fit in with the championship culture we seek to nurture. Equally important is that they fit in with the ethos of our Lehigh program as student athletes who excel in the classroom, on the court and as excellence engage. ” Leaders in their communities. “
All three are from different states, including Minnesota, an area the program is keeping pace with in the recruiting process, as well as Michigan and Virginia.
The Class 2025 recruitment class includes two guards and a forward who replaces graduate guards Mary Clougherty and Mariah Sexe.
The team still consists mostly of subclasses with three freshmen, six sophomores, two juniors and three seniors.
Meghan O’Brien – Centerville, Va. – Chantilly – Striker
O’Brien is from the same high school that the youngest Lehigh graduate, Mary Clougherty, was born. She achieved a total of 1,337 points, 940 rebounds and 220 blocks during her high school career, averaging a double-double (15.6 ppg, 10.9 rpg). O’Brien was named “First Team All-Conference” four times and three times Conference Player of the Year. She was a three-time team captain, a four-time team MVP, three-time All-Region awards, and two All-State awards. O’Brien led Chantilly to a conference title in her senior season and was also named a McDonald’s All-American nominee. She also excelled on the volleyball field, leading her team to a conference title three times, and a national championship title in 2018. It was selected twice as First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region. In the classroom, O’Brien received a cumulative 4.3 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society.
Trainer Sue Troyan on Meghan: “Meghan is a talented post player who with her ability to play the dribble off, play around the basket and get out and shoot the three, will bring a lot of versatility to the post position. She had a star that ran the senior season her team to a conference championship and was also named Regional Player of the Year. Meghan will immediately add talent and depth to our post-rotation. “
Another Virginian ready to dress in brown and white!
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– Lehigh Women’s Basketball (@LehighWBB) November 17, 2020
Ella Stemmer – Ann Arbor, Mich. – Saline solution – guard
Stemmer had a tremendous four-year career at Saline High School, breaking records and introducing her team to multiple championships. She holds individual records for points in a game (38), points in a season (513), points in a career (1,637), single game 3-pointers (8), 3-pointers in a season (58), 3-pointers in one career (145), free throws in a career 419 and their 90.9 percent mark off the line in one season is the second highest total in Michigan history. As a senior, Stemmer was the first First Team All-State selection in saline basketball history. She was First Team All Region and Ann Arbor Player of the Year in both her junior and senior seasons. She ended her high school career as a four-time all-conference selection. In the classroom, Stemmer has served on the Gold Honor Roll four times (3.6 GPA or higher) and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has a high honors degree (top 5% of the senior class).
Coach Troyan on Ella: “Ella is a versatile combo guard who can hit the ball in a number of ways. She will be a great fit for our fast-paced and selfless style of play because of our ability to spread the ball, shoot and pass the three . ” She has had a stellar senior citizens campaign recognizing her as one of the best in the state while leading her high school team to two regional finals. She is a proven manager and a child of culture who is committed to maintaining the high standards of our Lehigh program. ”
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From Ann Arbor down into the valley, @EllaStemmer is tied to Lehigh! #GoLehigh | #SoarWithUs | # NSD20 pic.twitter.com/iZ4DWfDUSB
– Lehigh Women’s Basketball (@LehighWBB) November 13, 2020
Kaylee Van Eps – Chaska, Minn. – Chaska – guard
Van Eps is a key member of the Chaska High School cadre, which won a Class 4A state championship in Minnesota in 2021. He finished a stellar four year high school career before bringing her talents to Bethlehem. The two-time team captain is a two-time All-State Honorable Mention selection and a five-time All-Conference selection. She collected 1,398 career points, 305 assists, 623 rebounds and 148 steals as a five-year starter. In defense, Van Eps is a four-time selection from Metro West Defensive Teams. In addition to her state championship title in 2021, Chaska won the Metro West Conference title in both 2020 and 2021, and was the Section 2 4A champion in 2021. In addition to basketball, Van Eps is a four-year letter winner and all-conference selection in lacrosse. In the classroom, she has a cumulative GPA of 3.9, is a three-time all-conference academic selection, an all-state academic awardee, and a member and vice president of the National Honor Society.
Coach Troyan on Kaylee: “Kaylee has had a stellar senior citizens campaign that saw her Chaska High School team win a state championship and be recognized as one of the best high school programs in the country. Kaylee is an athlete who embodies all intangibles The playing field that is so important to victory. Your toughness, competitiveness, team-first attitude and leadership skills are just a few of the qualities that make you a differentiator on the pitch. ”
The Minnesota Pipeline Continues!
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– Lehigh Women’s Basketball (@LehighWBB) November 12, 2020
Lehigh Women’s Basketball Class of 2025
|Surname||Item||Hometown / high school|
|Meghan O’Brien||F.||Centerville, Va./Chantilly|
|Ella Stemmer||G||Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline|
|Kaylee Van Eps||G||Chaska, Minn./Chaska|