Four Star Players to Join Bulldogs' Roster for 2013-14 Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball at Yale University, announced the Bulldogs' Class of 2017 today. Guards Lena Munzer and Meghan McIntyre and forwards Katie Werner and Elizabeth Haley will join the Yale roster as freshmen for the 2013-14 season beginning this fall.
With a strong core of young talent on the roster, as well as the return of two players that missed last season due to injury, the addition of the four freshmen is expected to lead the Bulldogs to their first Ivy League championship since the 1978-79 season.
"I believe this class has the potential to be the best incoming class in the Ivy League," Gobrecht said. "The addition of their talents and winning characters to an ever-improving and (hopefully) healthy group of returning players is sure to make Yale a contender for the Ivy League title next year."
Haley, a 6-foot-1 forward from Dayton, Ohio, scored 1,250 points in her career at Oakwood High School, which is second in the Lumberjacks' history. She also recorded a school record 840 career rebounds and closed her high school career with a four-year scoring average of 14.6 points per game. Haley also holds the school record in rebounds in a single season with 272 in her junior season, and her scoring average of 22.3 points per game in her senior season is also a school record. The team MVP in each of her final three seasons, Haley averaged a double-double in her junior and senior seasons. She was the Southwestern Buckeye League Player of the Year in her junior and senior seasons and an All-SWBL First Team selection in each of her four seasons.
"Elizabeth Haley is an exciting player for our program because of her size and athleticism," Gobrecht said. "She is perfect for our running game and can also make a difference for us on defense. I'm excited to see how she develops during her career at Yale."
McIntyre, a 5-foot-10 shooting guard from Santa Rosa Valley, Calif., is the all-time leader with 303 made 3-pointers at Oaks Christian High School and in Ventura County. A four-year starter for the Lady Lions, she was ranked as the 28th best player in California by MaxPreps.com and No. 178 in the nation. She was the Tri-Valley League MVP this season and a three-time All-Tri-Valley First-Team selection. After draining 81 3-pointers this season, McIntyre was selected by the coaches as the Ventura County Player of the Year. She was honored with the Farmers Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award and her team's MVP award this season. The Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year in all four years of her high school career, McIntyre was also an All-CIF selection in her sophomore and junior seasons.
"Meghan McIntyre can flat out shoot the ball," Gobrecht said. "She is excellent coming off of screens and spotting up in transition. But Meghan can also pass, play defense, and rebound. She will help replace some of the firepower that we lose in our graduating shooters, Megan Vasquez and Allie Messimer."
Munzer, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Highland Park, Ill., scored 1,977 career points at Highland Park High School, averaging 24.6 points per game as a senior and 23.4 points per game in her junior season. A four-year starter for the Giants, Munzer led the Giants to three Central Suburban League titles in her four seasons. She was a four-time All-CSL selection and the Pioneer Press Lake Shore Player of the Year as a junior. In her senior season, she was an Associated Press All-State Honorable Mention, an Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State Second Team selection, and an Illinois Miss Basketball Nominee.
"Lena Munzer has every quality you look for in a great point guard. She sees the floor, can hit the three, is excellent at attacking the basket, and she loves to push the basketball," Gobrecht said. "Lena is a scoring point guard who will dazzle the crowd at times. She is also a very good rebounder, which is rare in a point guard. I think Lena will have an immediate impact on our team."
Werner, a 6-foot-1 forward from Phoenix, Ariz., averaged 24.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game while shooting 52 percent in leading Xavier College Preparatory in her senior season. For her efforts, she was named the Arizona Preps Player of the Year. To cap off her senior season, Werner was named an All-State All-Arizona selection and All-State Division I First Team Selection by the Arizona Republic. She was also an All-Arizona First Team selection by the East Valley Tribune and Arizona Preps. Werner was named to the 2013 ABCA All-Star Team, and she also was recognized with the Xavier Senior Outstanding Athlete Award and the Xavier MVP Award.
"Katie Werner is a difference maker," Gobrecht said. "She does the things that make teams win games. Katie is relentless. She never gives up on a play. She will be a huge lift for us on the boards and she can score both inside and outside. I think Katie will be a tough match-up for a lot of teams, but it is the heart and smarts she plays with that sets her apart."
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity