June 26, 2012

Women’s Basketball Coach Jean Marie Burr Adds Three to 2012-13 Roster

Providence, R.I. – Head Women's Basketball Coach Jean Marie Burr and her staff has added three newcomers to the 2012-13 roster: Jordin Alexander (Fishers, IN) Natalie Ball (Orlando, FL), and Ellise Sharpe (Tipp City, OH).

A 5-foot-11 guard from Hamilton Southeastern High School, Alexander led her squad to a 20-0 record with 15 points, five assists and three steals per game.   She was a 2012 Indiana North/South All-Star, a first team All-State selection by Hoosier Basketball Magazine, a Top 60 Workout Invitee and was a Hoosiers Classic All-Star.  Alexander also received All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference honors three times.  During her junior year, Alexander helped her team to a 15-5 record, beating four Top-20 ranked teams. She netted 14 points per game shooting 51 percent from the field and 47 percent from beyond the arc to be named first team All-State by Hoosier Basketball Magazine.  Alexander was also an IBCA first team Academic All-State selection.

"Jordin is very strong with the ball," said Burr. "She has the vision to stay one step ahead of the play. She is aggressive at both ends, coming up with steals and the ability to attack the basket. She has shown that she can score as well as assist in the big play."

Ball, a 5-foot-11 guard from Trinity Preparatory School, averaged 20.5 points and 11.9 rebounds per game during her senior campaign. A 47 percent shooter from the floor, Ball helped Trinity Prep to an 18-10 overall record with an unblemished 6-0 mark in league play. Her squad was District 3A5 Champions and she holds the Trinity Prep single game scoring record with a 38-point performance in January. She was named the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) 3A District 5 Player of the Year (2011-12), was an All-State selection three consecutive years and was a three-time All-Orange Country Team selection. Ball was a four-time team MVP, and left Trinity Prep as the All-Time scoring leader with 1,870 points and ranks second in rebounds with 1,059.

"Natalie is a versatile wing that will add a powerful back court game. She has range on her shot behind the arc as well as the ability to score off the cut," said Burr. "She has good height for a guard that will serve her well as she battles for rebounds inside and out."

Sharpe, a 5-foot-10 guard hailing from Tippecanoe High School, was a four-year letter winner in basketball. A 2012 McDonald's All-American nominee/finalist, Sharpe was a three-time District Team, three-time All-Conference Team and a two-time team MVP. In her senior season, she led her squad to a 15-8 record and a CBC Conference Championships. Her combined 1,210 career points ranks fourth all-time at Tippecanoe, and she broke the single-season scoring record with 474 points. Sharpe scored in double figures in every game during her junior and senior year and averaged 20.6 points, five assists, five steals, six rebounds and 51 percent shooting. During her junior season, Sharpe led the team to an 18-5 overall record averaging 17.4 points and 4.5 assists per game. She was an All-District selection and a first team All-Conference honoree.

"Ellise makes great decisions and knows how to play and create for an up-tempo game," said Burr. "Her dedication combined with her athleticism will make a difference on our team."

The Bears finished 16-12 overall last year and finished 7-7 in Ivy League Play. Sheila Dixon '14 was a second team All-Ivy selection and Rhode Island's Women's Basketball Player of the Year, while Hannah Passafuime '12 earned honorable mention All-Ivy accolades.