NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State first year co-head coaches Brooke and Scott Stoehr have announced the signing of four players, including Louisiana high school standouts Robin Richardson and Breonna O'Conner, to their 2013 women's basketball signing class on Wednesday's National Signing Day.
O'Conner is a 5-7 All-State guard from Ville Platte-Ville Platte High School and Richardson is a 5-9 guard from Independence- Ponchatoula High School.
Beatrice Attura, a 5-7 point guard from McKinney, Texas-Frisco Liberty High School, and Amy Staha, a 5-10 guard from Plugerville, Texas, also signed national letters of intent to join the Lady Demons next season.
"I'm thrilled to welcome this group of young ladies to the Northwestern State family," said Brooke Stoehr. "Our staff is extremely excited about the 2013 signing class. Adding depth on the perimeter was a major priority for this year's signing class.
"We went after versatile players who all have the ability to shoot the basketball and will flourish in our system," she said. "Most importantly, I believe this group of young ladies will represent Northwestern State women's basketball very well in the classroom, in the community and on the court."
Attura averaged 14.5 points, five assists, four rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game last season at Frisco Liberty High School.
"Bea is a combo guard that has the ability to score the basketball in a number of different ways," said Stoehr. "She has the ability to find her teammates in transition and in the half court. She is a savvy guard that plays with grit and toughness."
The guard was voted All-District 9-4A First Team and to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-region team.
She was also named as one of Premier Basketball Report's top 100 players to watch. PBR is a Texas high school girls basketball recruiting and scouting service that connects players to college scouts.
"She played for the successful North Texas Shockers and Coach (Melissa) Renfro in the AAU scene," said Stoehr. "Bea was the first to commit in the 2013 class and we're proud to have her and her family joining the NSU family."
"I love everything about NSU: the coaches, the community, and the environment," said Attura. "I feel I can bring a tenacious mentality to the team as well as a relentless work ethic."
O'Conner averaged 21 points, five assists, and 5 rebounds per game.
"Our staff made it a priority to recruit the state of Louisiana and find young ladies who want to compete and win championships," said Stoehr. "Bre is an athletic scorer that has a tremendous passion for the game. She competes with a great deal of emotion and her personality is contagious."
The standout was voted Evangeline Parish MVP her freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons. She was named district MVP for her freshman and sophomore seasons.
She was also a track star, winning the state championship in the high jump (5-3) last year. She also competed in the 4x4 meter relay.
"She comes from a good high school program and has learned a great deal from Coach (Dorothy) Doulet," Stoehr said. "We are excited she will have the opportunity to compete in front of her family and friends while wearing the NSU purple."
"I chose NSU because it seems like a home away from home," said O'Connor. "I immediately fell in love with the coaching staff. I feel I will bring versatility, leadership, and a lot of hustle."
Richardson averaged 11 points, three assists, eight rebounds, and two steals per game.
"Robin has the ability to play a number of positions on the perimeter for us," said Stoehr. "She has very nice playmaking ability with a high basketball IQ. She creates for her teammates and is very aggressive around the basketball."
The four-year varsity starter was named second-team all-district last season and won defensive player of the year. She was also a member of the National Honor Society at Ponchatoula High School.
"She comes from a successful high school program at Ponchatoula with Coach Hollie Thompson and Eddie Fisher and AAU program, Louisiana Lady Heat, with Kenneth Lee," said Stoehr. "We are thrilled Robin will be wearing the purple for NSU."
"I chose NSU because the coaching staff is amazing. I had heard great things about the coaches and when I finally met them I could tell that they were a perfect fit for me," said Richardson. "I also loved Natchitoches. The community is full of spirit and will be a fun place to go to college and continue playing basketball!
Staha helped lead the Panthers to a staggering 98-3 record during her time at Pflugerville including the state semifinals appearance in 2009 as her team won three district championships.
"Amy is an outstanding shooter and can score the basketball in a variety of ways. Her ability to see the floor and pass the basketball will be a tremendous asset to our team," said Stoehr. "Amy comes from a highly successful program at Pflugerville playing for Nancy Walling and knows what it takes to win championships."
She is a four-time Academic All-District 16-5A honoree.
"She competed for Ed Oborny and the Rising Stars against some of the best teams on the summer circuit," said Stoehr. "She has a knack for seeing ahead to the next play and can communicate on a very high level."
"I chose NSU because the coaches and administration made me feel right at home," said Staha. "I will bring quickness, tough defense, and good ball handling to the program."
Northwestern State (2-0) will continue its 2012-13 season Friday when they travel to Oxford, Miss. to play Ole Miss.