April 18, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women's basketball head coach Jerry Finkbeiner announced the signing of four more players for the 2014-15 season on Friday. Julianne Anchling, Milanna Barnes, Hannah Hutchins and Signe Kyrkjebo have all joined the Aggies.
Utah State has now signed seven players for the 2014-15 season.
"I really like this group. We have some size, and we have some scoring ability," said Finkbeiner.
Anchling, a native of Faverges, France, is a 6-3 forward that comes to Utah State from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. The Lady Cardinals captured their second-straight NJCAA National Championship with a win over Central Arizona. Trinity Valley ended the season with a solid 36-1 record. Last season, Anchling averaged 4.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. She earned all-region and all-American honors at Trinity Valley.
She also played club basketball for Notre Dame des Victoires in Voiron, France.
"Julianne Anchling is a very high-level player. She comes from Trinity Valley who won two-straight junior college national championships. She plays a three, four or a five. She's a scorer; she's a runner. She's a 6-3 outside-in guard, an excitable, athletic player. She's a difference-maker type of player," said Finkbeiner.
Barnes, a native of Hyrum, Utah, is a 6-0 guard/forward and signed a letter of commitment to play for the Aggies. The daughter of Utah State Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes, Milenna played at Mountain Crest in Hyrum. Barnes is a two-sport athlete who played volleyball and women's basketball at Mountain Crest.
"Milanna Barnes, is a local girl from here in the valley, played at Mountain Crest. Her basketball abilities probably haven't been tapped because she had a lot of injuries in volleyball and basketball career during high school. She's a 6-foot, athletic player. She'll play a 3-4 also. We'll see if she can remain healthy. Her athleticism and her Aggie pedigree is a welcome addition," Finkbeiner said.
Hutchins, a native of Ledyard, Conn, is a 6-4 center from Ledyard High School in Ledyard, Conn. As a junior, Clark earned first-team 5A Sixth District honors. She also earned Post Register all-area first-team honors, as well as being the 5A-4A High Country Conference Player of the Year. As a sophomore, she was named second-team all-conference and honorable mention all-area. She has also earned all-conference honors in volleyball as a sophomore and a junior. She has a brother and a sister who attend BYU.
"Hannah Hutchins is a 6-foot-4 freshman out of Connecticut. Every bit 6-4. She has an enthusiasm for the game. Her team went to the state semi-finals. She had a lot of success her senior year. She has really good size and athleticism for that position as an incoming freshman," Finkbeiner said.
Kyrkjebo is a native Bergen, Norway. She is a 6-0, guard/forward who played at Nordahl Grieg High School. Her squad earned gold in the national championship in 2013 and silver in 2014.
"Signe is a solid, 6-foot, left-handed player. She's considered by many to be one of the top under-18 players in Norway. She brings a really good court awareness and the shiftiness of a 6-foot player that is a three-four guard. I like lefties. We're trying to replace Jen Schlott and her left-handed playing," Finkbeiner added.
Utah State now has three international player as part of this year's signing class in Anchling, Kyrkjebo and Funda Nakkasoglu from Australia.
"My basic philosophy with international kids is that they bring to our program an international flair to the game that fits our style. It opens up the world of our American kids, and they all become friends and have some great experiences. These international kids come in an have an unspoiled look to basketball. They're appreciative, they're excited to be here, so it's a win-win," Finkbeiner said.
The Aggies graduated two players from last year's squad that ended the season 15-16. Mountain West Player of the Year, as Jennifer Schlott and Cristal Turner will graduate, but USU does return four starters from last season's team, including guard Elise Nelson, who was named to the Mountain West all-defensive team in 2013-14.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball at www.twitter.com/UtahStateWBB, as well as on facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUAthletics. Utah State women's basketball is now also on instagram at www.instagram.com/USUWbasketball.
Aggie women's basketball tickets will be available by contacting the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435) 797-0305 or at 1-888- -STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for more information or visit the Utah State athletics web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Complete 2013-14 Utah State Women's Basketball Signees Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown (High School) Julianne Anchling G/F 6-3 Jr. Faverges, France (Trinity Valley CC) Milanna Barnes G/F 6-0 Fr. Hyrum,Utah (Mountain Crest High School) Tilar Clark G/F 5-11 Fr. Idaho Falls, Idaho (Skyline High School) Hannah Hutchins C 6-4 Fr. Ledyard, Conn.(Ledyard High School) Signe Kyrkjebo G/F 6-0 Fr. Bergen, Norway (Nordahl Grieg High School) Funda Nakkasoglu G 5-7 Fr. Hampton, Victoria, Australia (St. Leonard's) Baylee Peck G 5-7 Fr. Leander, Texas (Rouse High School)
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