NEW ORLEANS, La. - Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball head coach Kellie Kennedy announced the signing of her first two recruits for the 2010-11 class; Bridget Balsam of Chicago, Illinois, and Jasmine Brewer from Houston, Texas.
Balsam joins Loyola after playing at Mother McAuely High where she averaged nine points, five rebounds, and three assists as a senior. Balsam finished the year connecting on 87 of 111 free throws for a 79 percent clip.
While at Mother McAuely, she made All-Conference and All-Academic while being named Southtownstar Player of the Week. Balsam was also named to the Maine West All-Tournament Team and won the Mother McAuely Carol Carey Award.
In the classroom, she was recognized by the President's Education Awards
Program and will receive the Loyola Merit Scholarship.
Jasmine Brewer, a 5-11 post player from Hightower High School, scored 16 points per game while averaging six rebounds and four assists as a senior. Defensively, she averaged a blocked shot and three steals per game.
“We are very excited to have Jasmine as part of our program,” said Coach Kennedy. “She has a great work ethic and knows how to win. She will make an immediate impact on the boards for us.”
Brewer garnered several awards throughout her high school career. Along with being a three-time Academic All-District honoree, she was named First-Team All-District twice and was named All-State and All-Region as a senior. Also in her senior season, Brewer was named MVP in her district. As a junior, she won District 23-5A Defensive Player of the Year.