May 15, 2009
Providence, RI -
Head Coach Jean Marie Burr has recently announced the addition of four newcomers joining the Brown University women’s basketball team this fall for the 2009-2010 season: Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) Caroline King (Valencia, PA), Taylor Masaschi (Chatham, MA) and Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA).
“On behalf of everyone in our program, we are excited to welcome four newcomers to the Brown Bear Basketball Family,” said Burr. “Each has made a significant contribution to the success of their high school basketball program with their skill, athleticism and leadership. All four led their team to conference titles and some unprecedented success. They are collectively excited about our championships traditions and are committed to our mission to regain the excitement of tournament play.”
Dixon hails from Schenectady High School where she averaged 13.7 points-per-game and led the Patriots to a Big 10 regular season title, the first in school history. The 5-foot-10 point guard led her squad to 19 wins during her senior campaign and also semi-final appearance in the Class AA championships and was named the Big 10 League MVP. The victories set a school record as she was named to the New York State Class AA fourth team, and was the Albany Times Union Girls Basketball Athlete of the Year. The lefty also grabbed 5.6 rebounds and handed out 4.2 assists per game. Dixon played for the City Rocks AAU basketball team.
“Sheila (Dixon) is a left combo guard that possesses speed, explosiveness and talent with a scorers mentality,” said Burr. “Her drive, pull-up jumper and playmaking ability lifted her team to championship level play. We are thrilled about this aggressive approach to the hardwood. She is highly regarded as a team player that brings a contagious energy to lead her teams.”
A 6-foot-2 forward from Oakland Catholic High School, King earned WPIAL All-Section First Team honors and was also a Pittsburg Post Gazette All Section First Team selection. She averaged eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds per game and was an 80 percent free throw shooter. King helped her team to an 18-9 overall record while going 10-2 in league play. King began her career at Sewickley Academy, before transferring to Oakland Catholic. King was a member of the Swoosh 17 AAU basketball team.
“Caroline is versatile, strong, and has a nice feel for the game around the basket,” said Burr. “She is a special talent that has outstanding rebounding skills and a strong work ethic that has set her apart from most post players. Her tough attitude and physical presence with strengthen our defense. She will add depth to our inside game.”
A two-time team MVP and a team captain, Masaschi netted 22.9 points and grabbed 10.2 rebounds per game during her senior season at Chatham High School. She helped lead Chatham to an 18-7 season and made it to the state semi-finals for the fist time in school history. A Mayflower League MVP in 2009, Masaschi was a league All-Star three consecutive years. The 6-foot-1 shooting guard became the Chatham High School all-time leading female scorer after compiling 1,400 points in her four-year career, set a school record with six three-pointers in a game, and drained a career-high 34 points in a Mayflower League Quarterfinal playoff game. Masaschi was a member of the Rhode Island Breakers AAU basketball team.
“Taylor (Masaschi) is a terrific shooter,” said Burr. “She has size, speed with the ball, and is a strong rebounding guard. She brings an ability to slash to the basket as well as step out and shoot the three. Her strong numbers this year reflected an aggressive approach offensively as well as defensively. Her athleticism makes her a versatile defender on our wings as well as in the paint. She also has a strong desire to work every day to strengthen her game. This attitude will push us on a daily basis.”
Nickel, a three-year starter and two-year captain at Pinewood High School, went undefeated (40-0) in league games and earned four league championships during her career. A 51 percent shooter from the field, Nickel netted 13.7 points and grabbed 6.1 rebounds per game during her senior season and was a 2009 McDonald’s All-American nominee. She earned Mercury News First Team All-County honors and also Senior of the Year accolades. Nickel was a two-time MVP of the Private School Athletic League and a Division V First Team All-State selection. This past season she led her squad to a Northern California Division V championship, and were state runner-ups. Nickel was a member of the Cal Stars – Red AAU basketball team.
“Lindsay (Nickel) is a great wing player that has an all-around game,” said Burr. “She has shown that she wanted the ball in her hands when the game was on the line. Lindsay is a tough competitor that has the intensity to step up for her team. She is not only a great shooter, but also sees her teammates and makes quick decisions with the ball.”
“We are anxious to start right away and are excited to combine this class with the experience of our 12 upperclassman,” added Burr. “Their strengths will compliment and push our style of play to a higher level. Our team will benefit from the size and caliber of play this class will bring to practice each and every day. This competitive atmosphere will be an important part of our team’s improvement for next season.”