Nov. 15, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - First-year Siena Women's Basketball Head Coach Ali Jaques announced her first recruiting class Thursday. Halee Adams, Meghan Donohue and Brianna Logan have all returned their National Letters of Intent and will comprise the Siena Women's Basketball Class of 2017.
"Our staff did a tremendous job in a short period of time to sign our first recruiting class," said Jaques. "These three student athletes will represent both Siena College and the women's basketball program well both on and off the court. Personally, it means a lot to me that they believe in me and our program's vision. I'm looking forward to coaching Halee, Meghan and Brianna and I can't wait to help them reach their goals as students, athletes and members of the Siena community."
A 5'8" guard from Hollidaysburg, Pa., Adams was the first player in Bishop Guilfoyle history to eclipse 1,000 career points before the end of her sophomore season. That year she became the first-ever sophomore to be named the Altoona Mirror Player of the Year after averaging 20.7 points and was also named a First Team All-State selection.
As a freshman, Adams led the Lady Marauders to the PIAA Class A State Title and was named Third Team All-State after averaging 14 points per game. She also led Bishop Guilfoyle to the State Title game as a sophomore and the Second Round last season. Adams father, Gene, played football collegiately at Rutgers.
"I chose Siena because I really wanted to go to a Catholic school, and the coaches there are determined to win," Adams said in a recent interview. "They're going to win, and I want to be a part of that."
"Halee is an extremely tough, versatile wing," noted Jaques. "She has the ability to score in a lot of different ways. She is a great shooter, can break opponents down off the dribble, and works really hard on both ends of the court. I think she is mentally tough and extremely passionate about basketball. Halee loves to compete, and I know as a Siena Saint, she will bring her infectious intensity every time she steps on the court."
A 6'2" post player from Mogadore, Ohio, Donohue led Archbishop Hoban to a 19-4 record last season and a runner-up finish in the Lake Division II District. As a junior, she averaged 9.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks en route to being named to the All-North Coast League First Team and a Division II All-Northeast Inland District Honorable Mention.
"I like the direction the program is going," Donohue said upon giving her oral commitment. "I'm leaning towards a major in marketing or management."
"Meghan has an innate toughness about her game that is going to be really fun to coach," commented Jaques. "As a lefty at 6'2", she has great size, is physical in the paint, and can finish very well around the basket. She will bring another strong low-post presence to our frontcourt. I am impressed with how humble she is as a player and person. She has tremendous character, and I know she is a wonderful addition to our program and campus community."
Logan is a 5'6" point guard from Lumberton, N.J. who scored 21 points and added five assists for Rancocas Valley in being named MVP of the Group 4 State Championship game. A Second Team Burlington County Times selection, she is rated a three-star prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz, rated as the 62nd best player for her position in her recruiting class and was given a Scouts grade of 86.
Logan, whose father is a first cousin of Siena Men's Basketball's all-time leading scorer Marc Brown `91, was described by ESPN HoopGurlz as: "A true point guard that shows a nice package of athleticism and skill at this point in her development."
"Brianna is a consummate point guard," said Jaques. "She makes everyone around her better and knows how to run a team. Her fundamental approach to basketball is consistent and dependable. She is a great decision maker and extremely hard worker. She is a lefty with the ability to break down an opponent's defense and create for her teammates. She does a great job of letting the game come to her and scoring when she needs to."
The current Saints return to action Saturday for a 5 p.m. tip off at Rhode Island.