November 16, 2007

Eastern Women's Basketball Signs Four Players

Nov. 16, 2007

Four players have signed letters of intent on Wednesday (Nov. 14) to attend Eastern Washington University and play for the women's basketball squad, head coach Wendy Schuller announced. The signees will begin their Eastern careers in 2008-09 after inking their names on the first day of the NCAA early signing period.

The new players include Pauline Ferrall, a 6-2 post from Carmel (Calif.) High School, Breauna Russell, a 5-6 guard from Washington H.S. in Phoenix, Ariz., Brianne Ryan, a 6-0 guard from Lynden Christian High School in Lynden, Wash., and Meaghan White, a 6-2 forward from Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore.

"Just looking at the credentials of this class is very exciting," Schuller said. "We have added young ladies who are outstanding individuals, exceptional basketball players and winners. I am very pleased with the recruiting efforts of (associate head coach and recruiting coordinator) Tom Webb and our entire staff and team.

"We have assembled a class that will fit in well with our team and has the ability to help take us to the next level. I love the enthusiasm of this group and know they are great additions to our Eastern Washington women's basketball family."

Ferrall had 21 points and 13 rebounds a game her junior season with CHS. That season, she was named Co-MVP of the Mission Trail Athletic League.

"I expect Pauline to be a great post player for us," Schuller said. "She is extremely strong, plays hard, and has the ability to get to the line. She is a great person and is also an excellent student. I love her energy and athleticism and am looking forward to her development into a top-notch post."

Russell helped lead WHS to two consecutive 4A state championships. She was named all-state her sophomore and junior seasons and averaged 10 points and eight assists her junior campaign.

"Breauna is an outstanding basketball player and athlete who simply knows how to win," Schuller said. "She is an extremely hard worker, adds an element of quickness to our team and will be a great fit into our style of play. I am equally impressed with her character and her strength as a student."

Ryan posted 19 points and 10 rebounds per contest her junior campaign at LCHS and earned a variety of honors that season. She was named First Team All-Northwest League, the Whatcom County Player of the Year and All-2A State. She helped lead Lynden Christian High School to a third-place finish at state that year after helping the team to a second-place showing the year before.

"It is exciting to fuse EWU's women's basketball history with its future, and the addition of Brianne does just that," Schuller said. "Her mom Neil Ann (Massie) Ryan is one of the all-time great post players in Eagle women's basketball history. Brianne won't follow the lineage in the paint, but we expect great things from her on the perimeter. She is an excellent shooter from long range and an unbelievably athletic wing whose potential is limitless. She comes from one of the best high school programs in the state and has won throughout her high school career. She is an impressive young lady off the court and outstanding in the classroom."

White helped JHS to a 6A Oregon state runner-up performance and was named First Team All-Metro League her junior year. She is also a McDonald's All-American nominee.

"Meaghan was a heavily recruited prospect and is another fine signee for us," Schuller said. "She will bring a breadth of skills to the court with her ability to handle the ball, shoot it, defend and rebound. She understands the game and knows how to win. She comes from another outstanding high school program and is a terrific student. It will be fun to watch her grow into a great player for the Eagles."

The 2007-08 version of the Eagles (1-1) continues its campaign on Sunday (Nov. 18) with a 2:05 p.m. contest against Washington State (0-2).

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