SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's basketball team will add five new players to the 2018-19 rosters, the team announced today. The five newcomers will join the three early NLI signees announced in December.
"We're bringing in a whole new group of players that we feel will compliment and strengthen the team and program we already have in place," said women's basketball head coach Bunky Harkleroad. "They all come from other strong programs and we are excited to have them here."
After playing much of last season with just eight active players on the roster, The Sacramento State women's basketball team will nearly double in size for the 2018-19 season.
"Adding depth was definitely important," added Harkleroad. "But we wanted to make sure it was quality depth. We're going to be able to move the ball and do some other things we couldn't last year. I'm just excited about this group coming in."
Meet the Hornets:
Claire Bady - G - 5-7 - Strasbourg, France/Eastern Florida State
Played for head coach MJ Baker at Eastern Florida State...played just one season, 2017-18, and was named 2nd Team All Conference (Suncoast Conference)...averaged 6.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in 25 games for the Titans...shot 66% from beyond the arc...started five of the team's last nine games, averaging 10 points and 6.7 rebounds to help Eastern Florida clinch a spot in the postseason...played one year at Broward College, starting 20 of 27 games and averaging 6.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
Harkleroad: "Claire fits in a similar mold to Adella (Randle-El) in that she can always find a way to get you a bucket and no one is going to take the ball from her. She can get to the rim but she can also pass. She's very strong, very intense, and I think she is going to contribute a lot to our team."
Emily Enochs - G - 5-7 - Osnabrück, Germany/Gymnasium Carolinum
Has played eight years for the Osnabrück Sport Club Panthers...in 2015, finished third in the country in the U16 German Championship...during her 2018 season, Enochs average 12.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2.8 steals per game...will participate with the German National Team later this summer and fall...her father, Joe Enochs, played soccer for Sacramento State and is the head coach of VfL Osnabrück.
Harkleroad: "She's going to be a wildcard. I'm personally excited to add international talent. She's a pick-and-roll type point guard and she has a lot of experience with her national team. She's a smart point guard and we're excited to add her to a group of points that can do multiple different things."
Brooke Panfili - G - 5-7 - Lafayette, CA/St. Edwards University
Played one season for St. Edwards University under head coach JJ Riehl...played in 26 of 28 games, including 10 starts...averaged 7.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game while logging 20 minutes per game...scored a season-high 17 points twice (vs. Rogers State, Feb. 8, 2018 and vs. Texas A&M International, Jan. 27, 2018)...in high school, was a four-time all-conference selection...a three-sport athlete, Brooke was named MVP for both basketball and softball...scored 1,000 points by her junior season...2017 Senior Athlete of the Year for Acalanes High School.
Harkleroad: "She'll be a nice combo guard, a really good addition for us. She has to sit out this next year because of transfer rules, but we expect to see her handle the ball and knock down a lot of shots. She'll be a steady addition to the lineup and add productivity to our roster."
Maesyn Rix - F - 5-9 - Auberry, CA/Buchanan High
Played for the Buchanan High Bears for four seasons under head coaches Cathy Lauritzen and Cooper Steele...Was team MVP both her freshman and sophomore seasons while being named league MVP as a sophomore...was one of the Fresno Bee's top 25 players in the Central Valley...Scored a career-high 45 points during her freshman season...Won the league championship during the 2015-16 season...In addition to basketball, was a three year volleyball player...won two league titles (2015, 2016), and was named team captain as a junior...Is a four-time Scholar Athlete and a four-time Leadership Award recipient...also served as ASB President in 2016 and VP in 2017 and 2018.
Harkleroad: "Maesyn reached out to us and the more we saw of her, the more we liked her. She's an energy giver and she's very, very strong. We expect her to get in there and be a physical presence on the court for us."
Julynne da Silva Sa - F - 6-4 - Barcarena, Brazil/Northwest College
Played two seasons for the Northwest College Trappers in Powell, Wyoming under head coach Janis Beal...was a two-year starter for the Trappers at center...her freshman season (2016-17), was named to the Region IX Academic All-Region team as well as the Region IX All-Tournament Team...in her sophomore season (2017-18), was named the Northwest College Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year as well as the All-Region Team...a native of Brazil, da Silva Sa also played four seasons for the Sao Paulo Bradesco under head coach Cristiano Cedra...was named the Best Post Player in the Brazilian DIII Tournament in 2014.
Harkleroad: "Julynne is an athletic post but also has good form and a nice touch. She started playing basketball late but she has the tools. She's every bit of her 6'4 and we see her fitting into what we want to do defensively. She can also shoot well for a post player and is crafty enough to stutter step you and freeze you if she has to."
Sacramento State's Signees
|Sarah Abney||G||5-8||Fr.||Las Cruces, N.M./Las Cruces HS|
|Claire Bady||G||5-7||Jr.||Strasbourg, France/Eastern Florida State|
|Milee Enger||PG||5-7||Fr.||Herriman, Utah/Herriman HS|
|Emily Enochs||PG||5-7||Jr.||Osnabrück, Germany/Gymnasium Carolinum|
|Summer Menke||G||5-10||Fr.||Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS|
|Brooke Panfili||G||5-7||Jr.||Lafayette, CA/St. Edwards University|
|Maesyn Rix||F||5-9||Fr.||Auberry, CA/Buchanan High|
|Julynne da Silva Sa||F||6-4||Jr.||Barcarena, Brazil/Northwest College|