Head coach Carolyn Kieger's first recruiting class is complete
April 15, 2015
MILWAUKEE--Marquette University women's basketball head coach Carolyn Kieger has announced the addition of three student-athletes during the spring signing period. Sandra Dahling, Ines Mata and Olivia Moskari have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Golden Eagles this summer. Each will have four seasons of eligibility with the team. The trio will join MU's previously announced six signees, for a total of nine newcomers in the 2015-16 season.
"I am thrilled to welcome Sandra, Ines and Olivia to our great recruiting class," Kieger said. All three young ladies come from amazing families and have a tremendous work ethic. I have no doubt the Marquette community will fall in love with their drive, passion and intensity. Not only will these three add to our talented class, but they are all also quality people who will make Marquette a better place. I am eager for this entire class to arrive on campus to join our family."
Dahling joins MU from Hasselby, Sweden and is the team captain of Sweden's Solna Branten. She leads the team in scoring with 12 points per game and rebounding with 8.0 rebounds each contest. The 5'10 guard was named the team's most valuable player last season.
"Sandra is a great addition to our program," said Kieger. "She is a versatile, big shooting guard that can really stretch the floor. She is very active on both ends of the floor and will be a great asset to us on the glass. Sandra has played at a high-level in her country and will have an immediate impact on our program. I am so excited for her future here at Marquette."
Mata, a native of Madrid, Spain, was a member of Rivas Ecopolis from 2012-15. She led her team to a league title in 2014 and was instrumental in helping her squad to a first place finish and earned most valuable player honors for her efforts. The 6'1 center earned a gold medal in the U16 European Championships in 2013 and was named the most valuable player in Spain's game against Bulgaria in the team's tournament run. Mata also won a total of six medals in the 2012-13 season.
"Ines is going to fit in perfectly here at Marquette," said Kieger. "She is a relentless worker and will do whatever it takes for her team to win. She has a wealth of experience playing against high-level competition with the Spanish National Team and that experience, in addition to her work ethic and character, is what made her stand out. I believe her best basketball is ahead of her and we are lucky for her to be joining our family."
Moskari was a member of Finland's Helmi Basket from 2012-14 and averaged 9.8 points for the Finland national team in the 2014 U18 FIBA Championships. The 5'10 Helsinki native helped Finland finish second in the 2013 and 2014 Baltic Sea Cup tournament. She guided her team to consecutive U18 Finnish Championships in 2013 and 2014 and was also a U16 Finnish Champion in 2013.
"Olivia is one of the best pure shooters I have ever seen," Kieger said. "She has amazing consistency, but it is her range that truly sets her apart, which will add an immediate 3-point weapon to our team. She has an amazing passion for the game and strives to make everyone around her better. Olivia has a very bright future and I'm thankful she is now a part of our Marquette family."