Marquette Inks Four to Recruiting Class
Nov. 13, 2015
MILWAUKEE— Marquette University head women’s basketball head coach Carolyn Kieger announces the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent to join the Golden Eagles in the summer of 2016. Alita Anderson, Meghan Mandel, Isabelle Spingola and Lauren Van Kleunen mark Kieger’s second recruiting class and each will have four years of eligibility to play for Marquette.
“We are extremely excited to welcome our four new student-athletes and their families to Marquette,” Kieger said. “These four young women will be excellent additions to our program and University. This class gives us a lot of height and length to add to our current roster. I am confident everyone one of these ladies will leave their mark on our culture, team and community. Our family has gotten bigger and better and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
Anderson is a DIAA Scholar Athlete and has maintained a 3.5 grade point average, which is the highest of female winter sport athletes at Woodbridge High. As a junior she was a top-10 player in Delaware and earned Second Team All-State honors and was selected First Team All-Conference after averaging 18.2 points per game. Anderson was her team’s most valuable player and named Female Athlete of the Week on two occasions. Throughout her high school career Anderson has also played field hockey, track and field and soccer.
“Altia gives us athleticism, length and versatility and she is an extremely hard worker whose best years are ahead of her,” Kieger said. “She runs the floor hard, can attack inside and outside and is able to defend multiple positions. I look forward to helping her take her game to an elite level.”
Mandel will join Marquette as a highly rated recruit at No. 15 at her position according to ESPN Hoopgurlz and No. 54 ranked by the Midwest Girls Basketball Report, while Northstar Hoops lists her as one of the top-15 players in the state of Minnesota. Mandel led Orono High School to a 30-2 record in 2014-15 and a third place finish in the state. As a member of Minnesota Stars Martin, Mandel helped her squad to a two-time AAU state championship and a No. 3 ranking nationally for two years. Mandel was named to the 2014-15 All-State tournament team and is a three-time Wright County All-Conference selection. She holds the career blocks record as a junior for Orono High School and is the 12th all-time leading scorer. She had the most double-doubles in a season as a junior and the second-most triple doubles.
“Meghan brings us a true low post presence with a ton of potential. She is a great shot blocker and is able to play an up tempo style,” Kieger noted. “Her height is much needed and will allow us to play different schemes, both offensively and defensively.”
Spingola plays at the prestigious Whitney Young and is ranked No. 46 at her position by ESPN Hoopgurlz. She helped her team to a 2014 Class 4A Illinois State Championship and a 2013 Class 4A third place finish at the Illinois State Championship. Spingola and her squad are three-time Chicago City Champions. She plays for the nationally-recognized Mac Irvin Fire Basketball AAU program. Spingola is enrolled in all honors classes and has an honor roll placement at Whitney Young.
“Izzy comes to us from a very successful high school program,” said Kieger. “She is a winner and a relentless competitor. Her shooting range will help stretch the floor, however it is her IQ and passing ability that really separates her. I am excited to add her winning mentality to our team.”
Lauren Van Kleunen
Ranked No. 23 at her position from the Midwest Girls Basketball Report, Van Kleunen is a three-time varsity letterwinner and two-time member of the District 15 All-Conference squad. In 2015 she was named the District 15 Underclassmen Player of the Year for the Southwest Ohio District and earned All-Greater Miami Conference first team honors. Van Kleunen has earned high honors at Mason High School and is on the Principal’s List.
“Lauren is the complete package. She has a great skill set and is able to play inside or outside, while her work habits and court presence are what initially drew me to her,” Kieger stated. “She will be an immediate contributor with great leadership qualities."
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