Wildcat Women's Basketball Signs Two In-State Recruits
Posted: 16 November, 2012
WAYNE - Wayne State College head women’s basketball coach Chris Kielsmeier announced today the signings of two Nebraska high school standouts to national letters of intent to attend Wayne State College and play basketball for the Wildcats in the 2013-14 school year. Michaela Barry of Battle Creek and Alex Nelson of LaVista are the first two players to join the 2013 Wildcat recruiting class.
“We are very excited about the addition of Michaela and Alex to our program,” remarked Coach Kielsmeier. “They are both great competitors that play the game with the toughness and competitive spirit that our program has been built on.”
Barry is a 5-6 guard from Norfolk Catholic High School. Last season as a junior, she averaged 14 points, five rebounds and three steals per game while leading the Knights to a 19-5 record. She received Class C-1 Second Team All-State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and was named to the All-Mid States Conference and All Norfolk Area Daily News Teams. Last summer, Barry played on the Pinnacle Bank Senior All-Star girls basketball team. She is also a standout volleyball and track and field athlete at Norfolk Catholic, helping the team reach the Class C-1 State Volleyball Tournament the last two seasons that included a 28-3 record this season. Barry is a three-time All Mid States Conference selection in volleyball and as a junior last season was Class C-1 Second Team All-State by the Omaha World Herald. Barry’s older brother Chris played football at Wayne State (2006-08) while older sister Paige was a member of the Wildcat women’s golf team from 2008-12.
“Michaela is a quick, athletic point guard that loves to get everyone involved but can also score on her own in a variety of ways,” commented Kielsmeier. “She has an outstanding perimeter shot but can also attack the basket and finish. We will have the option of playing Michaela at both guard positions.”
Nelson is a 6-0 guard/forward from Papillion-LaVista High School where she is a three year starter and letter winner in basketball along with a two year starter/letter winner in cross country. Last season as a junior, Nelson averaged 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while shooting nearly 44 percent from the field. She set a school record making 15 consecutive free throws in a game and was an honorable mention Class A All-State selection during her sophomore and junior seasons. Nelson helped Papillion-LaVista win a Class A District title during her sophomore season advancing to the State Tournament with a 15-10 record.
“Alex is a long, athletic wing that can really shoot the ball but can also create her own shot going to the basket,” said Kielsmeier. “She will play the three spot in our system and her length and athleticism are a perfect fit for our defense. We expect Alex to be an outstanding defender and rebounder on the bottom side of our zone.”
Wayne State, ranked 16th in the USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll and 24th in the Women’s Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25, opened the season Tuesday evening with an 83-46 win over York College. The Wildcats are two-time defending champions of the Northern Sun Conference and have advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament three straight years and five of the last seven seasons.