|Falcon women's basketball signs three for next season (11-15-12)|
|Written by By Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:00|
The Bowling Green State University women’s basketball has signed three student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2013-14 season.
The three are: Kennedy Kirkpatrick (Lawrence, Kan.); Rachel Konieczki (Rockford, Ill.); and Abby Siefker (Ottoville, Ohio).
“These three young women have all of the qualities that we were looking for during the recruiting process,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said.
“All three recruits have outstanding character, are in the top of their class academically, are fierce competitors and want to make an impact at Bowling Green,’’ she added. ‘‘I strongly believe that they will make our program better the first day they arrive on campus.’’
Kirkpatrick, a 5-foot-10 guard, is currently in her senior year at Free State High School. She was named to the all-state first team in Division 6A (the large-school division) as a junior, after leading the Firebirds to a school-record 16 wins. Kirkpatrick averaged 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game last season. She earned all-state second-team honors as a sophomore, averaging 15 ppg.
Last year, Kirkpatrick set school single-season records for points (393), field goals made (113) and 3-point field goals made (53). She set the school’s single-season assists record (90) as a sophomore, and already owns Free State’s career mark for 3-pointers, with 112 made entering her senior year. Kirkpatrick has also lettered in volleyball for the Firebirds.
“Kennedy is one of the most talented shooting guards in the Midwest, who can score in a variety of ways,’’ Roos said. “Not only does she have a scoring mentality, but she is proven scorer at the top high-school level and AAU level. She truly values what it means to be a team player, and will set high goals for the team and herself to achieve as a freshman.”
Konieczki, a 5-3 point guard, attends Rockford Lutheran High School. She earned all-state first-team honors as a junior after being named to the second team as a sophomore. Konieczki averaged 14.4 points, 5.7 assists and 3.2 steals per game a year ago, helping the Crusaders to a 24-9 mark. She helped the team to a 29-1 mark as a sophomore averaging 11.8 points, 5.7 assists and 4.2 steals that winter.
“I have not met a player who is in the gym more than Rachel,” said Roos. “She has an extremely high basketball IQ, and she will become a coach on the floor at the point-guard position.
‘‘Rachel has strong leadership skills and has the uncanny ability to make everyone around her better. She is a true competitor who can shoot the three and create off of the dribble.”
Siefker, a 6-2 center, attends Ottoville H.S. She earned All-Ohio second-team honors last season after leading the Big Green to the regional finals in Division IV. Siefker averaged a double-double, with 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, and was named Putnam County League player of the year. Ottoville was 23-1 last season.
She has averaged a double-double in each of the first three years, with 12.0 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in her freshman season and 12.2 points and 10.9 rebounds as a sophomore. She has also lettered in volleyball, soccer and track.
“Abby was the first player in the Class of 2013 to verbally commit to BG and the new staff,” said Roos. “She brings size, skill and toughness to our team. Being the lone local recruit in this class, she knows our program and our style very well. She will be able to score inside, outside and in transition.
‘‘Having played for one of the top AAU teams in Ohio, Abby has developed a true post presence on the floor.”
Kirkpatrick, Konieczki and Siefker will join Erica Donovan in their first playing seasons in 2013-14. Donovan, a 5-11 guard who played one year at North Carolina State University, is sitting out the 2012-13 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules.
“This class, along with Erica Donovan, should make an immediate impact, and I know that is a priority for each of them,’’ Roos said.
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