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Western Michigan Women's Basketball Signs Two for 2013-14

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 11/16/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan women's basketball program and head coach Shane Clipfell signed two players to National Letters of Intent during the signing period Wednesday, Nov. 14. Larissa Graham, a 6-2 center from Roseville, Minn., and Meredith Shipman, a 5-8 guard from Fort Wayne, Ind., committed to continue their athletic and academic careers at WMU.

"Our staff is very excited about the two signees we have thus far," Clipfell said. "When we discussed as a staff what our priorities were in recruiting we talked about two very important things; character and versatility. It is important to us that we have student-athletes with the integrity and work ethic that is required to be great ambassador's of our university first and foremost and then to be really, really good teammates. We definitely have accomplished that with these two signees."

Graham averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game last season, leading Roseville High School to a 23-3 record and a fifth-place finish in the state tournament, earning all-conference honors. A three-sport athlete, Graham is also captain of her volleyball and track teams this year. During the summer AAU basketball circuit, Graham played for the Minnesota Suns Davison.

"Larissa brings us great versatility as a post player," Clipfell said. "She brings us some much-needed size on the interior but also has the ability to face up on the perimeter. She just finished a very successful volleyball season in the state finals of Minnesota and that is another sign of her versatility. She too comes from winning programs every step of the way."

Shipman enters her senior season at Fort Wayne's Snider High School with 689 career points, 271 rebounds and 245 assists. She averaged 17.1 ppg during her junior season and set school single-season records for most assists (163) as well as three-pointers made (55). She earned first-team All-SAC honors and scored 43 points in a single game, second most in school history. Shipman was also a four-year star on Snider's soccer team, leading the Panthers in scoring with 20 goals her freshman season. She was a first-team All-SAC selection in soccer this past fall and was a third-team all-state pick as a junior. Shipman plays summer AAU basketball with the club team Spiece Gym Rats.

"Meredith brings us great versatility on the perimeter," commented Clipfell. "She has the ability to play any of the guard spots. She can take on a scoring role or she can be a playmaker too. She is also an elite level soccer player and she has a toughness about her that we really like. She has been a winner at every level along the way and we expect her to bring that very same winning mentality to Kalamazoo."

 

 

 

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