April 25, 2014
Maia Barnett signing photo taken by Daniel In / The Archer School for Girls
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Two standout high school seniors, forward Alyssa Evans from Mount Vernon and point guard Maia Barnett from The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, have signed National Letters of Intent to play women's basketball at Western Washington University. Making that announcement Friday was Viking coach Carmen Dolfo.
"They're both joining a veteran team, but each should contribute right away and be strong additions," said Dolfo.
Evans was the Skagit Valley Herald Player of the Year as a senior at Mount Vernon High School, averaging a league-leading 21.8 points per game, 11.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists for the Bulldogs. She earned first-team Western Conference all-star recognition for the second straight season, team MVP honors for the third time and was team captain for the second season.
The 5-foot-11 Evans scored a career-high 29 points versus Cascade on Jan. 22. She averaged 15.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists as a junior, and earned honorable mention all-league honors as a sophomore while averaging 14.8 points.
"We first saw Alyssa at our camp and she impressed us then and has continued to do so," Dolfo said. "She really understands the game and can post up as well as shoot the three."
Barnett finished her four years at The Archer School holding every game, season and career record for points, rebounds and assists. She earned California Interscholastic Federation all-star and all-league honors in each of those seasons, the Panthers reaching post-season play every year. Barnett's career totals were 1,746 points, 735 rebounds, 310 assists and 355 steals.
As a senior, the 5-7 Barnett was the Liberty League MVP, averaging 23.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals. She scored a school-record 41 points, hitting seven 3-pointers and making 14-of-15 free throws, in a 66-59 loss to Laguna Beach in the first round of CIF Southern Section Division 4A playoffs. Barnett also grabbed a school-best 20 rebounds in a game versus Pacifica Christian.
"She brings a lot of quickness, speed and athleticism to our team," said Dolfo. "We're very excited about getting Maia as we've been looking for a young point guard."
WWU graduated one senior from last year's 19-10 team that won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament championship after placing second in the regular-season standings, and reached the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional.
Maia Barnett (pronounced My-ah, Point Guard, 5-7, 17, 10/17/96, Los Angeles, CA
HIGH SCHOOL: Holds game, season and career records at The Archer School for Girls for points, rebounds and assists ... Finished with career totals of 1,746 points, 735 rebounds, 310 assists and 355 steals ... First-team all-California Interscholastic Federation Division 4A selection and Liberty League MVP as senior ... Averaged 23.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals for Panthers ... Scored school record 41 points, hitting seven threes and making 14-of-15 free throws in 66-59 loss to Laguna Beach in first round of CIF Southern Section Division 4A playoffs. Following 37-point effort versus Holy Martyrs Armenan ... Grabbed school-best 20 rebounds in one game versus Pacifica Christian ... All-tournament pick three times ... Team captain for second year ... Second-team all-CIF Division 4A and first-team Alpha League all-star as junior, averaging 22.3 points, on team that reached first round of CIF playoffs ... All-tourney choice two times ... Second-team all-CIF and Delphic League MVP as sophomore, averaging 16.0 points, on squad that won league title and got to second round of playoffs ... First-team all-CIF Division 5A and all-league as freshman, averaging 12.0 points, on team the reached third round of CIF playoffs ... All-tournament twice, being MVP of one ... Started and lettered four years ... Also lettered three years in volleyball and twice in track ... First-team all-league as senior and second-team as junior in volleyball, playing on teams that reached CIF playoffs three times.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in business.
Alyssa Evans, Forward, 5-11, Fr., 18, 5/28/96, Mount Vernon, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Skagit Valley Herald Player of the Year as senior at Mount Vernon High School ... Snohomish County Officials Association scholarship winner ... First-team Western Conference all-star for second straight year, team MVP for third time and was team captain for second season ... Averaged conference-leading 21.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists for Bulldogs ... Scored career-high 29 points vs. Cascade on Jan. 22 ... MVHS Soroptimist Student of the Month ... Averaged 15.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists as junior ... Honorable mention all-league as sophomore, averaging 14.8 points ... Started and lettered three years ... Also lettered four years in golf and one in soccer.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in criminal justice.
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