All-state forward signs NLI to play at Western
May 18, 2006
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Gabby Wade, an all-state forward from Lacey, has signed a national letter of intent to play women's basketball at Western Washington University, head coach Carmen Dolfo announced today.
The 5-foot-9 Wade was a second-team Associated Press all-State selection and the Pacific 9 League Player of the Year as a senior at River Ridge High School, where she helped the Hawks win a third consecutive league title and place fifth at the Class 3A state tournament.
"Gabby is a great athlete with a ton of potential," said Dolfo. "She is an outstanding rebounder and works incredibly hard on the court. We are excited that she is going to be a part of our program."
Wade, who was a first-team Tacoma News Tribune and Daily Olympian all-Area selection, averaged 12.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game and competed in the Washington-Oregon all-star game.
A four-year starter, Wade was a first-team all-State selection and the Daily Olympian Player of the Year as a junior on a River Ridge team that reached the state title game. She was second-team all-league as a sophomore on another state tournament squad.
Wade's signing brings the Vikings' recruiting class to four. Western earlier added Amanda Dunbar, a 5-9 guard from Marysville (Marysville-Pilchuck High School), and two four-year transfers, Sarah Schramm, a 6-0 center from Gonzaga, and India Soo, a 5-6 guard from Idaho State.
Western graduated five seniors, including four starters, from a 27-2 squad that won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA II West Regional. The Vikings were ranked No.4 in the final regular season ESPN/USA Today/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Coaches Poll.
GABBY WADE Forward 5-9, 18, 8/1/88, Freshman Lacey, WA
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