Nov. 15, 2007
Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's College head women's basketball coach Paul Thomas announced today the signing of four players to National Letter's of Intent for the 2008-09 season. The four players that will join the Gaels' roster in the fall of 2008 are Katie Batlin (Moraga, CA), Alex Carbonel (Fremont, CA), Amber Coatney (Lynnwood, CA), and Ashley Smith (Vancouver, WA).
"With this recruiting class, we have four players that have the "the stuff" that will help the Saint Mary's women's basketball program reach our goals of winning a conference championship and getting into the NCAA Tournament," said Paul Thomas.
Katie Batlin, a senior at Miramonte High School in Orinda, helped her team post a 24-7 overall record, while finishing league play with a perfect 14-0 record. Last season, Batlin, a Moraga native, led the DFAL in scoring with 15.9 points per game and was second in the league with 6.6 rebounds per contest. The DFAL co-Most Valuable player added 4.98 assists per game. She was named the North Coast Section player of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports, is a two-time All-Contra Coast Times honoree, and was a first team all-state selection as a sophomore.
Head coach Paul Thomas on Katie Batlin
"Katie is one of the top high school players in this area. Having a local player like Katie come to Saint Mary's is going to bring a lot of attention to our program. She is extremely competitive, and has the ability to raise her level of play against the best competition."
As a junior, Alex Carbonel was the Mission Valley Athletic League leading scorer as she averaged 19.0 point per game for American High School in Fremont, CA. She was also named the Most Valuable Player of the Sacramento versus Bay Area Showdown in 2007.
Head coach Paul Thomas on Alex Carbonel
"Alex possesses tremendous leadership qualities both on and off the court. She has the ability to get others to follow her and she makes players around her better. With Lauren Shaughnessy and Serena Benavente departing after this season, Alex is an important recruit as she will be asked to step into a leadership role right away."
AAU Club Coach George Quintero on Carbonel
"Alex thinks in terms of what is best for the team. She passes first, has the ability to score and makes really good decisions with the ball. She is an inspirational leader on the floor, a true teammate in the locker room, and a friend off the court."
Amber Coatney is a 5-9 guard from Compton, CA who averaged 8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.0 assists per game at Lynnwood High School. As a junior, she helped her team post a 10-0 league record en route to a 23-4 overall ledger. Coatney has been a leader for Lynnwood as she has been a team captain the past three seasons.
Head coach Paul Thomas on Amber Coatney
"Amber comes from a tremendous program in Lynnwood High School. Being part of a program that has had a lot of success, she knows how to compete at the highest level. An athletic combo guard, Amber will fit tremendously within our style of play."
As a junior, Ashley Smith averaged 15.1 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game at Skyview High School. She was first team All-Greater St. Helen's League selection, was first team all-region honoree, and garnered Skyview High School's Most Valuable Player recognition. While leading her team to a 19-7 overall record, and a 7-1 mark in the Greater St. Helen's League, she finished in the top three in the state in scoring and rebounds.
Head coach Paul Thomas on Ashley Smith
"Ashley is going to fit in well with the program. She has a very athletic body, can run up and down the floor and will be able to play multiple positions for us."