July 16, 2003
Southampton College Lady Colonials Sign New Talent
Promising Freshman Players Add to Strong Returning Lineup
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Southampton College women's basketball coach Pat McGunnigle announced the signing of two highly regarded high school players, 6-footer Sarah Mahan of Oxford, Mass., and Leah Getz of Hudson, Ohio, to National Letters of Intent.
Mahan, a Telegram Gazette super team all-star, averaged a career double-double, leading Oxford High School in both scoring and rebounding. Mahan can play any position from guard to center. "She has the quickness and three point shooting of a guard and the strength and inside moves of a post player," McGunnigle said.
Coming from another prestigious high school basketball program is 5-foot-8 point guard Leah Getz of Hudson, Ohio. She will replace All-American Dani Thomas, a 2000-point scorer who graduated in May. "Getz has the ability to break presses and run the club with her dribbling and passing skills," McGunnigle said. Averaging 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists, she was named a member of the elite Division I Ohio All-State First Team, ranking her as one of the top five players in the state in 2002-03.
Mahan will join fellow Massachusetts basketball player Kiley LaPointe, who led the Colonials in rebounding last year, adding depth to the swing position. Getz also enhances the team, joining 2000-01 Ohio State Player of the Year Amber Gooden in the backcourt. Southampton College returns eight of their top 10 players, including three point shooter Jaime Podjed and guard Katie Kenny.
The Lady Colonials are one of Southampton College's most successful athletic programs, making the prestigious Eastern College Athletic Conference playoffs in seven of the past nine years and winning two titles.