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April 11, 2002

USI women’s basketball signs two

The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team announced that 6’1” forward/center Sonya Wahl (Marysville, Indiana) and 5’11” guard/forward Ashley Green (Otterbein, Indiana) have signed letters of intent for the 2002-03 season. Green and Wahl will join Amanda Lechlitner (Mishawaka, Indiana), who signed early in the fall, as the first players to sign with the Eagles for the upcoming season.

Wahl helped lead New Washington High School (New Washington, Indiana) to the regional and sectional tournaments on three different occasions. She also helped lead NWHS to the state championship game in 1998-99.

A seven-time letter winner in basketball, cross country, and volleyball, Wahl brings an impressive resume to an Eagle squad that must replace two senior centers from last season’s squad. Wahl was selected to the Reebok All-Star team and HBCA All-Star Team.

A three-time All-Conference performer at NWHS, Wahl was the Clark County “Player of the Year” in 2001 and 2002. She was the MVP of the 2002 Sectional Tournament and was the 2002 Regional “Star of the Game”.

Wahl, who eclipsed 1,000 points during her senior season, averaged 24.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per game in 2001-02. She also poured in a career-high 47 points.

“Sonya is a very athletic player that can make things happen in the paint on both ends of the court,” Head Coach Rick Stein said. “She has a nice low-post game with the ability to step out to 15 feet.”

Green will be coming to USI from Benton Central High School in Oxford, Indiana where she earned 11 varsity letters in basketball, tennis, track, and volleyball. Green was named one of the top 50 players in the state in both her junior and senior seasons.

A first-team All-Area performer, Green was selected All-Hoosier Conference in 2001 and 2002. During her senior season, Green averaged 17 points per contest, shot 82 percent from the free throw line, and was the team leader in steals (72). She also finished second in field goal percentage, rebounds, blocks, and assists.

Green also helped her AAU squad, the Lady Pistols, to an 11th-place showing at the 2001 state tournament and a ninth-place showing at the 1998 state tournament.

“Ashley has great all-around skills for a big guard,” Stein explained. “She can score, rebound, and was one of her team’s best defenders, averaging three steals per game. Ashley has the ability to play three or four different positions in our program.”

In addition to their athletic accomplishments, Green and Wahl bring an impressive academic resume to USI. Both are members of the National Honor Society.

Dan McDonnell,
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