Women's Basketball Signs Six Players For Next Season
Nov. 15, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne women's head basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio announced today the signings of Angela Heintz, Erin Waskowiak, Chelsea Welch, Kyasia Duling and Amadea Szamosi to National Letters of Intent. Additionally, Brianna Thomas has signed a scholarship offer with the team. The Class of 2013 has been named the 39th best in the nation by Blue Star Basketball and is second-best among the 16 teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
"This is our biggest class we have signed at Duquesne and we are very excited about what each player brings to our team - on and off the court," said McConnell-Serio. "They all complement each other and will add to our team chemistry as they are amazing young ladies."
Heintz, a 5-10 guard and a Pittsburgh native who is entering her senior season at Coach Serio's alma mater, Seton-La Salle, led the Rebels to both WPIAL and PIAA titles as a junior. The Rebels finished 30-0 and were the third team in WPIAL history to finish the season undefeated. She was named 2012 PIAA Class AA Third-Team All-State while averaging 14.1 points per game. Additionally, she was selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fabulous Five and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Terrific Ten teams. Heintz played AAU ball for the Western Pa. Bruins.
"Angela is a proven winner with an incredible work ethic," said Coach Serio. "She is a strong guard that can shoot the three as well as score off the dribble. She is a smart player who does all the little things that make a big difference."
Waskowiak, a 5-11 guard and a Pittsburgh native from Bishop Canevin, is coming off a junior season where she scored 20.4 points per game, grabbed 8.4 rebounds, dished out 5.0 assists and had 3.0 steals. A starter since her freshman season, Waskowiak has scored 1,439 career points. She is ranked the 386th best player in the country by All Star Girls Report. A PIAA Class AA Second-Team All-State performer, Waskowiak joined Heintz on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fabulous Five and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Terrific Ten teams. Waskowiak also played AAU ball for the Western Pa Bruins.
"Erin is a tremendous athlete and is great in the open floor," said Coach Serio. She can really handle the ball and is a scorer and has great instincts on the court. She impacts the game at both ends of the floor as she plays with so much energy."
Welch, a 5-10 guard from Dayton, led Fairmont to the Greater Western Ohio Conference championship and the Ohio State High School championship game with a 24-4 record her junior season. She has taken Fairmont to three straight Final Four Ohio Division II appearances.Ranked as the No. 4 player in the state of Ohio by Max Preps, Welch was selected to the AP Ohio All-State Second-Team and All-Area Division II First-Team after averaging 15.1ppg and 4.0 apg as a junior. Welch is ranked the 246th best player in the country by Blue Star Basketball and the 249th best player in the country by the Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. She is also ranked as a top 10 point guard by the Ohio Girls Basketball Report. Welch was coached by her father, Brian, on her AAU team Dayton Premier.
"Chelsea, as a combo guard, is a playmaker as well as a scorer," said Coach Serio. "With great size and strength, she has great vision and can create her own shot and create for her teammates. She makes the players around her better."
Duling, a 6-3 forward from New Albany, Ohio, comes to the Bluff after leading New Albany High School to 17 wins while averaging a double-double of 11.2 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game as a junior. She was named to the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division First-Team. Before moving to New Albany, she attended Licking Heights High School where she was named Division II All-Central Honorable Mention by The Columbus Dispatch in 2010. Duling is ranked the 282nd best player in the country by Blue Star Basketball, the 290th best player in the country by All Star Girls Report and All-Ohio Honorable Mention by JJHuddle.com. Duling is ranked as a top 10 post player by the Ohio Girls Basketball Report. She played AAU ball for the Cincy Angels.
"Kyasia is a strong, athletic post player who can finish around the rim and has good footwork on the block," said Coach Serio. "She plays hard, never backs down from a challenge and is a great defender and rebounder."
Szamosi is a 6-3 forward who plays PEAC-Pécs in the Hungarian-A Division. Szamosi is averaging 11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds through six games this year. During the 2012 FIBA U18 European Championship, Szamosi averaged a team-best double-double of 13.3 ppg and 11.0 rpg, which was the tournament-best, while leading the Hungarians to a fourth place finish. She also led Hungary with 1.4 blocks per game during the seven-game, 18-team event. She was named to the All-Tournament team at the 2010 U16 European Championships as well as the 2011 and 2012 U18 European Championships. She is widely considered the best post player in her age group in all of Europe.
"Amadea is a versatile post player with a great deal of experience," said Coach Serio. "She runs the floor well, has great hands and can finish around the rim as well as score from the perimeter. "She can also create scoring opportunities."
Thomas, who will be the fourth Canadian on the team next season, is a 5-11 guard who is a fifth year senior at Notre Dame in Ajax, Ontario. Thomas has the Lady Cougars to a 25-4 record and a No. 1 ranking in the Greater Toronto Area this season. Earlier in the year, Thomas led Notre Dame to the Centennial Colts Classic title. Thomas was named to the tournament's All-Star team after scoring 23 of her team's 48 points in the final game. For her career, Thomas has scored over 2,000 points while leading Notre Dame to a 112-15 record and five appearances in the Lake Ontario Secondary School Association finals. She was ranked the 294th best player in the Class of 2013 by the All Star Girls Report. Thomas played her Rep-JUEL basketball with the Advantage Titans and her AAU ball with "A" Game, the same team that has produced current Dukes Wumi Agunbiade, Oditte Odisho and Jose-Ann Johnson. Thomas, who has signed a scholarship offer, will enroll at Duquesne next semester.
"Brianna is very fundamentally sound and has great versatility to her game," said Coach Serio. She can extend defenses, score off the dribble and can also post-up. She can also play and defend multiple positions."
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