July 11, 2006

Head Coach Jean Marie Burr Announces Class of 2010

July 11, 2006

Providence, RI - Brown head women's basketball coach Jean Marie Burr has announced the incoming class of 2010. The Bears will add a total of six players to the 2006-07 roster, one year after capturing the Ivy League Title.

Shae Fitzpatrick is a three-time Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-American out of Lynnfield High School in Lynnfield, MA. As a senior, she averaged 21.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, leading the Cape Ann League in scoring for four straight seasons. She was named the Cape Ann League's Player of the Year as both a freshman and senior. In addition, she was a two-time Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team selection, a Wendy's Heisman Scholar Athlete and a Massachusetts Top High School Scholar Athlete.

"Shae will be expected to transition well into our backcourt with the graduation of three backcourt players," says Burr.

Ashley Alexander is a two-time Second Team All-District selection out of Westside High School in Houston, TX. The 6'3" center is known for her quickness in the post and her ability to rebound and block shots. "She is aggressive, athletic, and has proven that she can play at the national level," says Burr. "Her rebounding and athleticism will add greatly to our inside game and our full court style of play." Over the course of her four years at Westside, Alexander received several All-Tournament Team honors, including the MVP Award at the Aldine ISD Tournament as a senior. A two-year captain, she was listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students as well as the Who's Who Sports Edition.

Christina Johnson is a three-time CIF Scholar-Athlete out of Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley, CA. Johnson has also been a member of the East Bay Xplosion, one of the top AAU teams in the nation and was invited to attend the elite Adidas Top Ten All-American Camp last summer. She is also a two-time All-BSAL honoree.

"She works hard on the court and excels on defense and crashing the offensive boards from the guard spot," says Burr. "Her athleticism, energy and work ethic will enable us to keep the exciting full court defense and fast break offense we have excelled at."

Courtney Lee comes to Brown from Oak Hall High School in Gainesville, FL. A member of Oak Hall's varsity team since seventh grade, Lee is recognized as one of the top players in the state of Florida, earning All-State honors for the last five seasons. As a senior, she averaged 12.4 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and five steals per game. Lee, a native of Archer, FL, was a 2006 McDonald's All-American nominee in addition to being a two-time First Team All-Area selection.

"Courtney will help fill the void left by Sarah Hayes (Brown's All-Conference starting point guard)," says Burr. "Her aggressive style of play at both ends of the court will fit in well with our style of play." Lindsay Walls hails from Santa Cruz High School in Santa Cruz, CA. The 6'3" center averaged 16.3 points and 11.8 rebounds her senior year in which she earned First Team All-Santa Cruz Coast League honors, leading Santa Cruz to its best season in history. She also received the Santa Cruz County Scholar-Athlete Award her senior year.

"Lindsay is one of the top post players in the state of California and will have an immediate impact on our program," says Burr.

Natalie Bonds comes to Brown from Taveres High School in Taveres, FL. A McDonald's All-American nominee, Bonds averaged 12 points per game and 15 rebounds per game her senior year. In addition, she earned Honorable Mention All-State honors all four years at Taveres.

"I expect Natalie to be a tremendous presence in the paint for us. With her shot blocking and defensive abilities, she will be a great addition to this team."