Rider Signs Three
Women's College Basketball
Rider Signs Three
LAWRENCEVILLE--The Rider University women's basketball recently signed three players to national letters of intent, head coach Lynn Milligan announced.
Joining the Broncs next season will be Manon Pellet, Kornelija Valiuskyte and Sironda Chambers.
"The addition of these three young ladies solidifies an exciting and already extremely talented recruiting class for our program," said Milligan. "Along with Emily (Fazzini) and Marritta (Gillcrease) we are thrilled to add this caliber of player and more importantly this caliber of people to our program. With this mix of junior college and international talent joining our family we are ready to get to work and continue our mission in 2011-2012."
Pellet, a 5-6 point guard, comes to Rider from Marseille, France where she attended Montpellier Academy. Selected among the 16 best players in France, of her age, Manon was invited to the second FIBA international camp in July 2008 in Slovenia, where she was MVP, and consequently, invited to attend the Euroleague Women's Final Four 2009 as an official guest of FIBA Europe.
"Manon is an exciting talented player who can change games," Milligan said. "She is a scoring point guard who can also defend and run a team. We are very excited she has chosen to bring her talents to the United States and Rider University."
Valiuskyte, a 5-8 point guard, is from Siauliai, Lithuania and is coming to the Broncs from The Rock School in Gainesville, Florida where she compiled 9.2 points, 3.6 assists, 2.9 steals per game during her senior season with the Lions, who won the NACA Division 1A national championship.
"Kornelija is a solid steady point guard who can run a team," Milligan said. "She has a very high basketball IQ and a maturity about her game. She can score from the perimeter and can set up her teammates and put them in successful situations."
Chambers, a 5-7 guard, enters Rider as a junior after attending Harcum College in Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania where her team compiled a 58-5 record. A Newark, Delaware native, Chambers compiled over 1,100 points at Harcum and was named to the NJCAA national All-Tournament team.
"Sironda is a scoring guard who knows no other way but 100 percent," said Milligan. "She has played in the junior college ranks for two years and competed for a national title. She is a threat on both ends of the floor and can make things happen with her speed, quickness, and scoring ability. She will be a veteran presence to our guard group next season."
Pellet, Valiuskyte and Chambers join Emily Fazzini and Marritta Gillcrease who signed NLIs with Rider in December of 2010.
Rider returns 10 letterwinners for the 2011-12 season.
"Every year in recruiting we try and find the right balance of players to add to our returning players and Bronc family," Milligan said. "This year that development was crucial due to the number of returning players. I believe through the hard work and dedication of my staff we have accomplished our goal."