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Women's Hoops Inks Three to NLI's

Nov. 9, 2006

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball program is starting the 2007 season off on a strong note as head coach Cindy Fisher has announced the signing of three players to national letters of intent.

Joining the Toreros next fall will be Samantha Child, a 6-0 forward from Tualatin High School in Tigard, Ore., Emily Hatch, a 6-1 forward from Lake Oswego High School in Portland, Ore. and Brianna Estell, a 5-7 guard from Perris High School in Perris, Calif.

Child comes to USD after a standout high school career that saw her earn first-team All Pac 9 as a junior. Also during her junior season, she helped her team to a third place finish in the Oregon 4A state championship. This past season, she averaged 12 points per game, four rebounds per game and two assists per game.

"Sam is going to bring a great amount of athleticism and size to the guard spot. She is a tremendous athlete and her upside is unreal," said Fisher. "Sam will be able to do a lot of different things for us right away on the offensive and defensive end."

Hatch joins the Toreros after taking home first-team All-League honors her junior season and an honorable mention for All-State. She helped her team to a fourth-place finish in the Oregon State 4-A championships.

"Emily is a very versatile post who will help us in a lot of different areas," said Fisher. "Emily is capable of banging in the post and then stepping out and hitting a three. I love how hard Emily works and communicates on the floor."

Estell comes to San Diego after a standout career at Perris High School. She was nominated as a McDonald's All-American, was selected first-team All-League as a junior as well as earning first-team All-CIF honors. During her junior season she averaged 15 points per game, four rebounds per game and four assists per game.

"The minute I saw Bri play, I knew we had to have her in our program," said Fisher. "Brianna is a very solid, fundamentally sound athletic guard who can make a lot happen quickly. She has a great court presence about her and shows great leadership on the floor."