Big Ten Schools Sign 41 Women's Basketball Recruits

The Illinois coaching staff, led by head coach Theresa Grentz (middle), signed six newcomers during the early signing period, which was the largest recruiting class among Big Ten schools.

The Illinois coaching staff, led by head coach Theresa Grentz (middle), signed six newcomers during the early signing period, which was the largest recruiting class among Big Ten schools.

Nov. 18, 2004

Park Ridge, IL - Big Ten Conference schools will welcome at least 41 new women's basketball players next season as each program announced its additions from the early signing period, which ran from November 10-17. The incoming student-athletes hail from Canada and 13 different states, including Michigan (7), Illinois (6), Ohio (5), Pennsylvania (5) and Indiana (4). A list of each school's signees is included below:

2005-06 Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Signees

Illinois
Victoria "Torie" Arndt, F, 6-2, Damascus, Ohio/West Branch
Lori Bjork, G, 5-11, Johnston, Iowa/Johnston
Chelsea Gordon, F, 6-0, Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Preparatory
Danielle Gratton, G, 6-0, Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park
Erin McCarthy, C, 6-5, Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelly
Lacey Simpson, F, 5-11, Zion, Ill./Zion-Benton

Indiana
Tara Miller, G, 5-10, Ramsey, Ind./North Harrison
Kimberly Roberson, F, 5-10, Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral
Whitney Thomas, F, 6-0, Bloomington, Ind./North

Iowa
Wendy Ausdemore, F, 6-2, Neola, Iowa/Tri-Center
Lindsey Nyenhuis, G, 5-7, Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern
Megan Skouby, C, 6-6, Mentor, Ohio/Mentor
Kristi Smith, G, 5-6, Thornton, Colo./Horizon
Nicole VanderPol, F, 6-1, Grundy Center, Iowa/Grundy Center

Michigan
Carly Benson, F, 6-2, Carney, Mich./Carney Nadeau
Ashley Jones, F, 6-2, Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King
Jessica Minnfield, G, 5-7, Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic
Melinda Queen, F, 6-1, Oak Forest, Ill./Carl Sandburg
Stephany Skrba, F, 6-3, Richmond Hill, Ontario/Langstaff Secondary

Michigan State
Lauren Aitch, F, 6-2, Lansing, Mich./Waverly
Aisha Jefferson, F, 6-1, Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne
Jenny Poff, G, 5-6, St. John's, Mich./St. John's
Tiffanie Shives, G, 5-10, Lansing, Mich./Lansing Christian

Minnesota
Ashley Ellis-Milan, F, 6-2, St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Central
Emily Fox, G, 5-9, Highlands Ranch, Colo./Thunder Ridge
Katie Ohm, F, 5-11, Rochester Minn./Elgin-Millville

Northwestern
Kristin Cartwright, G, 5-11, Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest
Erin Dickerson, G, 5-8, Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young
Lauren Roberts, C, 6-3, Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Preparatory

Ohio State
Star Allen, F, 5-11, Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Independence

Penn State
Rashida Mark, F, 6-2, Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford
Courtney Molinaro, F, 6-0, Bethlehem, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic
Brianne O'Rourke, G, 5-7, Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic
Mashea Williams, G, 5-10, Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep

Purdue
Danielle Campbell, F/C, 6-3, Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young
Stephanie Helgeson, C, 6-4, New Orleans, La./Dominican
Jodi Howell, G, 5-11, Alexandria, Ind./Alexandria-Monroe
Lauren Mioton, G, 5-9, River Ridge, La./Isidore Newman

Wisconsin
Andrea Bankhead, G, 5-7, Hillside, Ill./Proviso West
Caitlin Gibson, C, 6-4, Jefferson, Wis./Jefferson
Chris Spencer, F, 6-1, Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central