La Sierra Women's Basketball Signs Rialto Standout
Women's Basketball - Fri, Apr. 22, 2011
La Sierra Women's Basketball Team signed Brittani Walker from Rialto High School. Brittani is a 5'10 Power-Forward that led the Rialto Knights to the 2011 CIF Championship and a berth in the State Final game where she scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Brittani averaged 12 points and 9 rebounds over her high school career, but really blossomed and came into her own this past season. "Brittani was the heart and soul of our team," said Rialto Head Coach Mike Anderson. "She is the Dennis Rodman of our team, she is relentless on the glass," said Coach Anderson.
Having been recruited by multiple universities, Brittani chose La Sierra much to the delight of Head Coach Eric Thorson. "I could not be happier that Brittani has chosen to continue her education and playing career here at La Sierra," said Coach Thorson. "We are getting a tremendous student-athlete, and a great competitor that leaves it all on the floor." Brittani will bring a presence on the glass to the Golden Eagles that was missing last season. "We now have a player that can take control of a game from the low-post position, and her relentless pursuit of all rebounds and loose balls will be a welcome addition," according to Coach Thorson, who is beginning his second season guiding the Golden Eagles. "I have been watching Brittani play this entire year, and after seeing virtually all her playoff games, it became obvious to me that she was the type of student-athlete we needed in our program," said the coach.
Brittani brings a 3.2 GPA and a 24 ACT score to La Sierra, and will major in Education. "Brittani not only brings a tremendous amount of athletic talent to the basketball program, she is a true student-athlete, that will excel both in the classroom and on the basketball court," Thorson said.
Coach Thorson would like to thank Athletic Director Javier Krumm and Associate Athletic Director Kip Shipley for there assistance in bringing Brittani to La Sierra, as well as a very special thank you to Recruiter Willie Neal, who worked especially hard assisting Brittani during the recruiting process.
Brittani will enroll as an in-coming freshman in September and will wear number 5 for the Golden Eagles. She will join a team that returns all players from last years record-setting performance.
"We are not through improving our team," said Coach Thorson, "we will be signing a couple more players in the coming weeks." "Watch out for the Golden Eagles, we are going to be much improved."