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Coach Haave Announces Early Signings

Nov. 20, 2007

San Francisco women's basketball head coach Tanya Haave announced the early period signing of five players to national letters of intent Tuesday. Katy Keating, a 6-1 forward from Santa Monica High in Santa Monica, Calif., Vania Singleterry, a 5-10 guard/forward from Vista Murrieta High in Murrieta, Calif., Heidi Anton, a 5-10 guard from Elsie Allen High in Santa Rosa, Calif., Rheina Ale (pronounced Ali), a 5-8 guard from Bishop Montgomery High in Los Angeles, and Cindy Ekweozor, a 6-2 post from Mount Miguel High in Spring Valley, Calif., will begin their USF career next fall.

Keating, the Ocean League MVP and a First Team selection last year, averaged 12 points, six rebounds, one steal and two blocks per game for Santa Monica High as a junior. For her efforts, Keating was also named to the California Southern Section first team.

"Katy is an extremely versatile player who excels in all aspects of the game and has a high basketball IQ," Haave said. "I look for Katy to make an immediate impact on our program as she will compliment Jakkie Boka-Timmerberg, Jordan Kuzma and Donnisha Taylor. Katy will help cement our front line for the foreseeable future. She's a tireless worker who lives in the gym."

Singleterry, a three-time Southwestern League First Team and All-Academic selection as well as a three-time California All-Valley First Team member, looks to provide USF with an immediate presence on the court. As a junior, Singleterry averaged 14.4 points per game on 43 percent shooting, while also collecting 10.0 rebounds per game. In 2006-07, she captained her team to a league title with an undefeated record. Before beginning her final prep season, Singleterry was one of only 160 girls in the country selected to participate in the Adidas All-American Top Ten Camp. When she leaves Vista Murrieta, she'll be the leading scorer and rebounder in school history.

"Vania has all the qualities we look for in our student-athletes," Haave said. "She's brings tremendous athleticism and speed as we will be looking for her to fill the void that will be left with Dominique Carter's graduation. Also an outstanding student, Vania will continue to uphold the high academic expectations we have for our student-athletes at USF."

Anton was Second Team All-North Bay League and All-Redwood Empire selection for Elsie Allen while averaging 16.3 points, six assists and five rebounds per game. She earned All-Tournament recognition last year at the Rodrigous High and Sonoma High tournaments.

"Heidi is a point guard with great size and vision," Haave said. "The strength in her game is her court vision and passing ability. She has a work ethic similar to Katy Keating and will also be a mainstay at War Memorial Gym."

Ale, who averaged 15.2 points a game along with eight rebounds, three steals and three assists, was named All-Area First Team by the Daily Breeze, earned First Team All-Del Rey League and was a All-CIF Division IAA selection as a junior. Ale comes from the same high school as current Dons' guard, Nykia Peace.

"Rheina is an athletic guard capable of playing both the point and shooting guard positions," Haave said. "She'll be a great addition to Katie Mihalco and her ability to shoot the three point shot. She also has the ability to get the ball to the basket on the drive and she has a nice pull up shot. Her versatility fits well into our offensive structure."

Ekweozor was a Third Team All-league selection as a junior following a year where she collected 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks per game for Mount Miguel. In 2006-07, the Matadors posted a 10-0 record in league play and were 28-5 overall. Ekweozor also played club basketball on the Lady EBO Black with fellow USF signee Vanie Singleterry.

"Cindy will add much needed depth to our post game particularly with the departure of Lisa Olden," Haave said. "As an athletic post player, I anticipate Cindy making an immediate contribution from a rebounding and defensive aspect."

"This class addresses our needs at every position," Haave concluded. "Not only are all these student-athletes quality players but they are quality individuals with tremendous character."