OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University women’s basketball coach Cleve Wright announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Kayla Brown (Westfield, Ind./Westfield), Baleigh Reid (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) and Ana Richter (Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda) will each begin play for the RedHawks during the 2014-15 season.
"Our 2014 recruiting class is a talented group of young ladies who understand the commitment it takes to be successful,” said Wright. They are not only great players, but they are also quality people. They understand that being a great teammate is not done just between the lines, but outside the lines as well. We are excited to have them join our program and look forward to working with them."
Brown is a 6-2 forward who is beginning her fourth season on varsity at Westfield High School. She helped lead the Shamrocks to the Indiana Class 4A Sectional 8 Championship last season after finishing as the runner-up each of the previous two years. She was named Second-Team All-State by the Hoosier Basketball Magazine as a junior after averaging 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. She was also named to the IBCA Underclass All-State team. Going in her senior year, Brown has been named to the preseason All-State First Team by Hoosier Basketball Magazine.
“Kayla is a long lanky player who can shoot, pass and get to the basket,” said Wright. “She can play multiple positions and will be a tough matchup against our opponents.”
Reid is a 5-10 guard who is beginning her fourth season on varsity at Twinsburg High School. She has helped lead the Tigers to tremendous success over the past three years, finishing as the state runner-up last season after winning state titles in 2011 and 2012. The team has lost only four games the past three seasons. Last season, Reid was the Tri-County Underclassman of the Year and was named Special Mention All-District after averaging 14 points, five rebounds and two steals per game.
"Baleigh is a versatile player with great court vision and leadership skills,” said Wright. “She brings quickness, size and strength to our guards.”
Richter is a hometown product, living in Oxford and attending Talawanda High School, where she is beginning her fourth season on the varsity squad. As a junior last season, she averaged 18.5 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1 block and 2.7 steals per game. Richter was named First-Team All-State after leading the Braves to a 24-1 record and number two ranking in the state of Ohio.
“Ana is a relentless worker and competitor,” said Wright. “She has strong fundamentals, and will bring great energy when she is on the floor.”
While these three players will not be joining Miami until next season, the 2013-14 edition of the team returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Chicago State at 2 p.m.