April 26, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Aleisha Hathaway, a first-team Greater Spokane League all-star for the third straight year as a senior at Shadle Park High School in Spokane, has signed a national letter of intent to play women's basketball at Western Washington University. Making that announcement was Viking coach Carmen Dolfo.
"I really like her confidence and skills and how smart she plays," said Dolfo. "Her personality really fits in well with our team. She's going to add so much to our program."
A 5-foot-9 forward, Hathaway was Shadle Park's team captain and MVP for the final three years of her career there.
As a senior, Hathaway helped the Highlanders to the District 8 championship and the first round of the Class 3A state tournament. She led the team in points with a 12.7 per game average, rebounds, assists, steals and three-point percentage.
Hathaway averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds as a junior. As a sophomore, she received all-state honorable mention, playing on a squad that won the district title and placed third at state.
As a freshman, Hathaway was the top reserve on a team that finished second at state.
Hathaway has a 4.0 grade point average at Shadle Park and is one of the school's seven senior class valedictorians.
WWU graduated just one senior from last season's 22-8 team that reached the NCAA Division II West Regional semifinals.
ALEISHA HATHAWAY (pronounced Ah-LEE-sha), Guard/Forward, 5-9, 18, 9/27/93, Freshman, Spokane, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team all-Greater Spokane League choice for third straight year as senior at Shadle Park High School ... Helped Highlanders to District 8 championship and first round of Class 3A state tournament ... Led team in points (12.7 avg.), rebounds, assists, steals and three-point percentage ... Team captain and squad MVP for three years ... Averaged 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds as junior ... As sophomore, played on team that won district title and placed third at state ... Received all-state honorable mention ... As freshman, competed on team that finished second at state ... Starter for three seasons and top reserve as frosh ... Earned four letters ... Also lettered one year in volleyball and track and field
PERSONAL: Plans to major in biology ... Had 4.0 grade point average (4.0 scale) in high school and one of seven valedictorians ... Competed in AAU Spokane Stars program for five years ... Plans to join Peace Corps after completing college degree ... Her late father, Randy Smith, played basketball at Eastern Washington University and Whitworth University.
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