LOUDONVILLE, NY - Siena Women’s Basketball Head Coach Ali Jaques announced the program’s newest addition to the Saints’ 2018-19 roster. Hanna Strawn and Tobulayefa “LaLa” Watts are the fifth and sixth newest members of the Siena roster.
“We are extremely excited to welcome LaLa and Hanna as our newest members of the Siena Basketball Family,” said Jaques. “Both are tremendous students, athletes, and driven people.”
Strawn and Watts join Amari Anthony, Haley Blasetti, Angelina Hammond and Margo Peterson, who previously signed during the early signing period, to comprise the Saints six-member Class of 2022.
“Hanna is a winner and a leader pure and simple,” Jaques noted. “She plays with a passion and energy that is infectious. Coaching her will be a lot of fun and our fans will love rooting for her from Day 1.”
Strawn is a five-year varsity player and as a four-year starting point guard helped her team go 82-13. She is a three-time Divisional Champion, three-time Sectional Champion, two-time New York State Regional Champion and 2018 New York State Class A Semi-Finalist. Strawn was the 2017 Class B State Tournament MVP from Seton Catholic Central after scoring 26 points in the championship game. She eclipsed 1,000 points scored finishing with 1,167 while adding 427 assists. She was a four-time All-State Player and the 2018 BCANY Class A Player of the Year. Strawn added three Section 4 Elite 10 Selections and four All-Southern Tier Athletic Conference honors. She carried a 3.75 GPA into her senior year.
“Lala is a young lady with life experience and a toughness to overcome anything put in front of her,” stated Jaques. “She is a physical back to the basket player with major potential. Her relentless nature will give us a low post presence on both ends of the court.”
Watts averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 blocks a game. She shot 51% from the field with constant double and triple teams. She set the school records for blocks and later earned Moutain Player of the Week following a 40 point, 18 rebound, 15 block effort against Frankfort. She has earned Third Team All-Region, District Scholar Athlete, All-District Team and 15th Region Coaches Team during her time at Jenkins High School. Originally from Warri, Nigeria, Watts boasts an impressive 3.7 GPA.
“Our staff worked hard to complete this 2018 class,” Jaques said. “The quality and depth of this class on and off the court are exciting for the growth of our program.”
The Saints look to return eight players - including seniors Aaliyah Jones and Joella Gibson who have been granted an additional year of eligibility - from the 2017-18 squad that finished third in the conference for the best seeding in the tournament since 2004.