LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego women's basketball program has
signed five high school seniors to National Letters of Intent during the early
signing period, head coach Charity Elliott announced on Tuesday.
Nadja Kern, a 5-8 guard from Boston; Natalie Luzar, a 5-8 guard from Yorba Linda; Emily Morris, a 6-1 center from Foster City; Miranda Seto, a 5-7 guard from Redwood City; and Dana Webster, a 6-2 center from Los Gatos, will join the Tritons as true freshman in 2010-11.
"This group of incoming freshmen gets me very excited about the future of UC San Diego women's basketball," said Elliott, now in her fourth year as head coach of the Tritons. "Each of them are tremendous student-athletes and I believe they are all natural fits here at UCSD. They are extremely talented individually, but as a group, I can't wait to see how they come together and continue the winning tradition that we have here."
Kern is in her senior year at Waltham High School in Boston, where she was a Dual County League All-Star after averaging 10.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game as a junior last season. One of the top-five scorers in the league, she also competes for the Bay State Jaguars, leading the squad to a 2010 AAU Junior National Championship. Kern was selected to the U-16 German National Team in 2009.
"Nadja came to our summer camp and just seemed to be a perfect fit for our university and our women's basketball program," Elliott added. "She is a quick, athletic wing player who can shoot, drive and create offensively, and she is tremendous in the open court on a break. She will represent the East Coast very well here at UCSD."
Luzar is a two-time First Team All-CIF honoree at Orange Lutheran High School, where she also earned a spot on the Trinity League First Team after averaging 14.5 points per game as a junior. She was named the MVP of both the John Glen Tournament in Norwalk and the Tournament of Champions in Santa Barbara in 2009-10 and is a member of the Cal Swish club team.
"Natalie is a fierce competitor and defensive machine," Elliott continued. "She is also a tremendous athlete, who thrives playing at the fast pace that we play. She can score, pass and run and she's going to have a fantastic four years here.
Morris comes to UCSD from Notre Dame High School in Belmont, where she was a 2010 All-West Catholic Athletic League Second Team selection after averaging 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season. A San Mateo County Times Second Team honoree, Morris earned all-tournament team nods at both the Fort Bragg and Notre Dame tournaments in 2009.
"Emily is a left-handed post player who runs well and can play the power game inside," Elliott said. "She has all the tools necessary to be a great player here and we are so excited that she has decided to join us."
Seto is a three-year starter at Pinewood High School in Los Altos Hills, where she was a key member of a Panther team that advanced to back-to-back state championship finals. She led PHS to the Division V state title as a junior last season, earning "Player of the Game" accolades for her performance. A Peninsula Daily News All-League First Team selection, Seto wrapped up her junior campaign with season averages of 11.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.6 steals, while draining a team-high 53 threes.
"Miranda comes from a tremendous high school program and will be ready to help us right away," said Elliott. "She's a true athlete and competitor and fits in with the tempo and style that we play. She can drive, create and knock down threes and we are very excited to have her on board."
Lastly, Webster is a varsity standout at Los Gatos High School, where she led
the squad to an El Camino League Championship following a perfect league mark
last season. She was named the team MVP and earned all-league first team
accolades after averaging 13.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as
a junior. Webster also competes with the East Bay Explosion AAU club team.
"Dana is a true post who isn't afraid to bang and rebound and get after it in the paint," Elliott added. "She came to our summer camp and sold us on her work ethic and desire to improve. She's going to be a strong, solid force for us in the paint for the next four years."
After defeating Western New Mexico and Notre Dame de Namur by an average of 37.5 points over the weekend, the defending CCAA Champion Tritons will now open conference play at Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State this weekend.