Nov. 19, 2010
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena women's basketball coach Gina Castelli announced today the signings of four National Letters of Intent from Kelsey Booth, Tehresa Coles, Ida Krogh and Kim Lysius Cote. The quartet will enroll at Siena College beginning in the fall of 2011 and comprise the Saints' Class of 2015.
"This is an exceptional recruiting class," commented Castelli. "My staff, led by recruiting coordinator Michelle Collins did a wonderful job in working to replace our senior class. All four incoming freshmen will blend well with our returning players while at the same time make a significant impact in our program. I am looking forward to working with them next season!"
Booth, who is listed as a 6'2 forward from East Hampton, Conn., was given a scouts grade of 82 on ESPN.com which following the USA Invitational in July commented, "Strong, solid forward. Has some ball handling as well as some range on her perimeter shot." This past season, Booth averaged 17 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five blocks and is the all-time leading shot blocker in her school's history. A three-time All Shoreline Conference selection and Middletown Press All-Area selection, Booth was named to the 2009-10 Class S All-State Team. A 2010 Hartford Courant Fab Fifteen Girl's Basketball Team Honorable Mention, she played her club ball for the Connecticut Storm.
"Kelsey is a very active forward," said Castelli. "She can score both inside and out. Her energy and scoring ability will fit in nicely with the style we play. She has the potential to make an immediate impact in our program."
A local product from right here in Loudonville, Coles is a 5'9" guard and Section II star at nearby Colonie Central. As a junior, she averaged 14.4. points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 4.8 steals and finished with seven double-doubles. A Suburban Council First Team All-Star and Third Team All-State selection, Coles was also named to the Section II All-Tournament Team and was a McDonald's All-American nominee. A News Channel 13 All-Star, Times Union All Area-Large School First Team and Troy Record All-Area selection, Coles' older sister Jessica currently plays in the MAAC at Saint Peter's College.
"We are very excited and honored to have Tehresa Coles join our program," noted Castelli. "Her athleticism and intensity at both ends of the floor will compliment nicely with the players we have returning and those coming in. I feel she is really going to be a defensive nightmare for teams as she is one of the quickest and fastest players in our program. I am also delighted to have a local standout player like Tehresa in our program. She is a standout guard at Colonie High and also one of great character."
A 6'0" guard from Aarhus, Denmark, Krogh continues a long line of international players to suit up for Castelli at Siena and will be the second player of Danish descent on the team next year along with current junior Maja Gerlyng. The reigning Rookie of the Year for her team Aabyhoj in the Dameligaen, Krogh is averaging 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 42.4% from three-point range in six games so far this season. Last year, her team made it to the National Cup before bowing out to former Saint Heather Stec's '09 team. A two-time Nordic Championships and European Championships All-Star, Krogh played for the U-18 Danish team in the European Championships last summer and led the tournament averaging 20.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists while shooting 51.9% from the floor.
"Ida is a very, very special player," Castelli added. "We feel very fortunate to have her and to compliment our other international players. She is a gifted perimeter player with excellent offensive skills and a hard working defensive player. She too has the potential to make an immediate impact in our program."
Lysius Cote is a 5'10" guard from St. Constant, Quebec who currently plays at Champlain College Saint Lambert. In her first season at Champlain she averaged 14.8 points and was the runner-up for Rookie of the Year while also finishing in the top-10 in the league in scoring. In her second season, she also ranked in the top-10, averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds. So far this season she has continued to show marked improvement, averaging a league-leading 18 points and eight rebounds while shooting a blistering 46% from three-point range. Prior to Champlain, Lysius Cote was the MVP at Charles LeMoyne High and played her AAU ball for DJ Sports where she averaged close to 30 points per game.
"I feel we have a steal in Kim Lysius Cote," commented Castelli. "She is a strong, athletic and fundamentally sound guard that is a versatile scorer. Her potential to do great things here at Siena is enormous. I am looking forward to having her in our program and to help her grow as a player."
The current version of the Saints return to action Saturday afternoon when they host Wagner at 2 p.m. in the ARC.