LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell women’s basketball head coach Aaron Roussell has announced that three talented student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Bison for the 2014-15 season. Jacquie Klotz, Carly Richardson and Catherine Romaine all took advantage of the early signing period on Wednesday, completing Roussell’s second recruiting class at Bucknell.
“This is a celebratory day for us, as we welcome three very good players into our program,” said Roussell. ”It is also the culmination of a lot of hard work by our staff, led by our recruiting coordinator Christian Stefanopoulos. This group of players will make an impact early in their careers on the basketball court, but I am equally eager to have them as Bucknell students and ambassadors for our program. We have a good thing going at Bucknell, and these new student-athletes will add to that dynamic.”
Klotz, a native of Princeton, N.J., is currently a senior at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, N.J. A 6-1 wing player, she has lettered in both volleyball and basketball, serving as captain of both squads. A standout player throughout the first three years of her high school career, she has earned All-CVC Player of the Year honors, as well as selections to the All-MAPL team and the All-CVC first team. Last season she helped the Big Red to a 13-5 record and a runner-up finish at the NJISAA Prep ‘A’ Tournament, pulling down 8.5 rebounds per game and averaging 12.6 points per contest.
“Jacquie brings size to our wing spot and should cause some tough matchups in our offense,” commented Roussell. “She had a tremendous summer and was a very highly-ranked and sought-after recruit in our area. She has a great mid-range jump shot and her all-around game continues to impress me as well. She is very coachable, and I am excited to see the type of player she is by the time she gets here next fall.”
Richardson, a 5-11 guard from Palmyra, Pa., is a varsity letterwinner in both basketball and field hockey at Palmyra High School, and will be the first Division I women’s basketball player to come out of her school in 14 years. A two-time captain of the basketball squad, she helped her team to 29 consecutive wins last season and played a key role in its Keystone Division, Mid-Penn Conference and District Three championship titles. A third team All-State honoree, she averaged 15.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in her junior campaign, also earning a spot on the first team All-Lebanon County. A Mid-Penn Conference and Keystone Division All-Star, she is also a two-time recipient of her team’s Sportsmanship of the Year award and the director of her own kindergarten basketball program.
“Carly is a local product who has already been around our program a lot over the last year,” reflected Roussell. “She has led her team to an incredible record and stuffs the stat sheet in a multitude of ways each game. We love her versatility on both ends of the floor and the energy with which she competes. Each time I see her play she not only improves, but she shows another subtle skill that benefits her team.”
A letterwinner in both volleyball and basketball at Chapel Hill High School, Romaine is a 6-2 forward from Chapel Hill, N.C., who has earned a slew of accolades over the course of her high school career. A three-time selection to the All-Conference team in both basketball and volleyball, she is serving as captain of both squads during her senior year. As a junior, she helped Chapel Hill to a perfect 10-0 league record and a 30-2 overall mark, averaging 10.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per contest. She was named the Eastern Regionals MVP last season after earning a selection to the All-Tournament team as a sophomore, and she was also honored as the AAA State Championship Most Outstanding Player. Her performances last season also earned her a spot on the NC Coaches’ All-District Team and the NCpreps.com AAA All-State Team.
“Catherine is an exceptional athlete who also brings a lot of size to our post spot,” added Roussell. “We love that she adds height to our team, but ultimately we wanted Catherine here because of her athleticism and skill set both around and away from the basket. She can finish very well with both hands at the hoop, but also steps out and hits a three with relative ease. She is already capable of being a good player at our level, but we believe she has only scratched the surface of what kind of player she can be.”
Bucknell, aided by the class of 2017, Roussell’s first recruiting class as head coach of the Bison, will play its home opener in Sojka Pavilion on Thursday, welcoming Binghamton for a 7 p.m. tip-off.