RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College women's basketball head coach Janel Iden has announced her team's recruiting class for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Eleven Quakers, including nine from Indiana, will join the women's basketball program that finished 5-20 a season ago.
Coach Iden said the following about the incoming class, "It's exciting to have these eleven individuals that will add the depth and skill that we need in building the women's basketball program to new heights. These women have had past team success on the basketball court with some at a very high level. With their experiences, we expect them to bring their motivational drive and work ethic to our program. Above all else, these young ladies will be great members in the Earlham College community as students and as citizens on campus as well as in the city of Richmond."
The members of the incoming class are listed below in alphabetical order:
5'10" Post from Ellettsville, Ind.
A graduate of Edgewood High School, Carter earned seven varsity letters including four in women's basketball two in track & field, and one in softball. She was honored with Herald Times All-Area recognition as both a junior and a senior. Carter led Edgewood to a sectional championship as a senior and earned WIC All-Conference honors. Ranked fourth in school history in career rebounds, Carter was also recognized for her work in the classroom. She was named IBCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention.
"I chose Earlham College because I felt like a part of a family from the minute I stepped on campus. I didn't feel like I was being recruited just because of basketball, but also because of the person I am. The coaches and players both welcomed me with open arms. I love the size of the campus as well."
5'10" Post from New Castle, Ind.
A graduate of New Castle High School, Curtis earned seven varsity letters including four in women's basketball and three in softball. She aided the Trojans to the longest winning streak in program history in basketball as well as advancing to the state semifinals in softball as a sophomore. Curtis earned All-HCC Honorable Mention honors as a junior and New Castle Courier Times Second Team All-Area as a senior. In the classroom, she garnered the Academic Achievement Award for maintaining a perfect grade point average for four semesters.
"I chose Earlham College because of the one-on-one interaction with the professors, the classroom sizes, the new and improved biology building, the numerous study of broad opportunities, and the commitment from the women's basketball coaching staff. I chose Earlham to further my basketball career with a program that is committed to furthering my abilities on and off the court."
5'7" Guard from Indianapolis, Ind.
An alumnae of Covenant Christian High School, Joseph was a four-year letterwinner in women's soccer and women's basketball. Joseph played an integral part in Covenant Christian's state runner-up finish in 2015-16. She was a team captain in both her junior and senior seasons as well as being named Most Improved Player as a freshman. Covenant Christian broke the program record for wins in a season with 23 last year. Joseph graduated with honors in 2016.
"I chose Earlham College because it was a great academic fit for me. The campus is beautiful and I love the women's basketball program."
5'11" Post from Danville, Ind.
A Danville High School graduate, Krodel was a two-time letterwinner in women's basketball. Her team won the Sectional Championship as a junior, and she was named the Tater Award winner and Mental Attitude Award winner as a senior. Krodel was a member of the student-athlete advisory council while helped plan Special Olympics events among others.
"I chose Earlham College because of how the science majors are nationally renowned. I also love the mixture of cultures and races throughout campus as well as the College's size."
5'3" Guard from Fishers, Ind.
An alumnae of The International School of Indianapolis, Long played women's basketball all four years while also lettering in volleyball for three years and track & field for one season. She was twice named to the All-Sectional Team as well as being named an Indiana Elite All-Star Team member for Class 1A as both a junior and a senior. Long was also a four-year honor roll student.
"I chose Earlham College because I know that throughout my four years at Earlham, I will truly grow as an individual. I know that I will benefit from the rigorous academics, diverse student body, and small class sizes that Earlham offers. Moreover, the college encourages students to use their knowledge gained in the classroom to benefit themselves and to give back to the community through service."
5'11" Post from Zanesville Ohio
A graduate of West Muskingum High School, Madson is transferring to Earlham from NCAA Division II Fairmont State where she was a member of the women's basketball team. In high school, she was a multi-sport athlete and lettered in volleyball, women's basketball, and cross country. Madson averaged 10 points per game at West Muskingum. She was a member of the National Honor Society in high school and earned a spot on the Dean's List at Fairmont.
"I chose Earlham College because it provides me with the best educational opportunity for my future goals - a Master's in teaching. I share common goals with Coach Iden with not only becoming a better basketball player, but also becoming a better human being. I am excited to be a member of a new team where we all share a passion for the game and reaching the next level."
5'11" Guard from Lyons, Ind.
A graduate of White River Valley High School, Pittman tallied 14 varsity letters – four in women's basketball, four in volleyball, three in track & field, two in cross country, and one in softball. She garnered SWIAC All-Conference honors for three years in both women's basketball and volleyball. Pittman led White River Valley in rebounds two of her four years along with being the team's leading scorer as a sophomore. She graduated with technical and academic honors and is a part of the National Honor Society.
"Earlham College welcomed me even after a serious injury during my senior year. The team and coaches could not have been more supportive. I loved the biology faculties which is my intended major. I also get to bring my horse!"
5'6" Guard from Plainfield, Ind.
A Plainfield High School graduate, Spears earned six varsity letters including four in women's basketball and two in volleyball. Spears led Plainfield to the state sectionals her first three seasons and a sectional championship as a senior. Spears earned numerous honors for her basketball prowess including All Hendricks County Team three times, Miss Hustle Award winner twice, Mid State All-Conference as a senior, Indiana Class B All-Star as a junior, Indiana North vs. South All Star Game participant twice, and IBCA IHSAA Girls' Top 100 Showcase as a sophomore and as a junior. She also excelled in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society her last two seasons. Spears earned Honorable Mention Academic All-State honors as a senior.
"I chose Earlham College because of the academic environment that the school offered. I also fell in love with the women's basketball program and what the school represented. I am so excited to be an Earlham Quaker and cannot wait for the fall!"
5'9" Post from Mitchell, Ind.
A graduate of West Washington High School, Stroud lettered all four years in women's basketball along with being named a team captain as a junior and a senior. She led West Washington to consecutive sectional championship games while appearing in the Indiana East vs. West All Star game for three straight years. Stroud was twice honored as Herald Times Player of the Week during her career and also broke the program record for made free throws in a season (94) as a senior. Academically, Stroud earned recognition from Senator Showcase, earned the Wendy's High School Heisman Female School Award, and was a member of the National Honor Society.
"After visiting campus and seeing what Earlham College had to offer, I knew right away it was the place for me. It felt like home. I got along with everyone I met and made the final decision after meeting with Coach Iden, Coach Miller, and the team. I am very excited to start the next chapter of my life at Earlham and am blessed to be a part of the Quaker family!"
5'7" Guard from Columbus, Ind.
A Columbus North High School graduate, Weisner earned three varsity letter in women's basketball. She won the IHSAA Class 4A State Championship in 2014-15 and led Columbus North to a state runner-up finish in 2015-16. During her time, Columbus North won a school record 44 straight games. Off the court, she earned the Martha Kalb Memorial Award as a freshman. Weisner was also on the honor roll and earned the Youth Leadership of Bartholomew County Award.
"I chose Earlham College because of its high quality academics."
5'6" Guard from Louisville, Ky.
A Christian Academy of Louisville alumnae, White earned two varsity letters in women's basketball. Her team advanced to the state tournament during the 2012-13 season. White was named Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and also garnered National Guard Player of the Game honors. Off the court, she was named to the academic honor roll all four years in high school.
"I chose Earlham College because I loved the atmosphere of the school itself as well as the basketball program. I loved the focus, yet positive and fun energy the team and the coaching staff brought to every game and practice. It just seemed like the best fit for me."
Earlham will open its 2016-17 season at the Washington & Jefferson Tournament on Nov. 18-19.