July 3, 2012

Women’s Basketball Adds Three Recruits For 2012-13 Season

Head American University Women's Basketball Coach Matt Corkery has announced the addition of three student-athletes -- Michelle Holmes, Micaela Sancisi, and Chelsea Small -- in the late signing period. These student-athletes will join the three student-athletes -- Ari Booth, Shaquilla Curtis and Abigail Fogg -- who committed to the Eagles during the early signing period.

"We are extremely excited to add Michelle, Mica and Chelsea to our squad for next season," said Corkery. "These three young ladies have the opportunity to impact our program in a significant way.  Along with our returners and other newcomers, we will challenge them to help raise the bar for AU women's basketball."

Holmes comes to American after graduating from Notre Dame Academy in Toledo, Ohio. The 6'1" forward helped lead Notre Dame to an Ohio Division I State semifinal berth. On the season, she averaged a double-double and was named First Team All-District in Northwest Ohio.

"Michelle is an excellent rebounder and she can help us right away in that area," commented Corkery. "She has good hands, a nose for the ball and isn't afraid to mix it up and play physical.  Her toughness and determination will help her make the transition to being a successful student-athlete at AU."

Sancisi is a native of Mar Del Plata, Argentina, where she was the 2011 most valuable player of the under-17 national league. The 5'4" guard was also named the MVP of the Argentina national under-17 tournament in 2011, and participated in the under-19 world championships in that year.

"Quick, crafty and unselfish are three words I would use to describe Mica," Corkery remarked. "She has a passion and enthusiasm for the game that shows when she steps on the court.  Her ball handling and decision making will definitely add to the strength of our transition game."

Small is transferring to AU from Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan., where her team finished 36-1 last year and was the NJCAA national finalist. Hutchinson was ranked No. 2 in the country the majority of the season. Small, a 6'1" forward who is originally from Denver, Colo., averaged 10.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game during the campaign and was named to the NJCAA National All-Tournament Team.

"Chelsea is a winner who will bring experience and talent to our front line," added Corkery. "As a captain for one of the best junior college teams in the country, she knows what it takes to be successful at the collegiate level.  She also has a nice face up game with the ability to shoot the three."