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Nolan Inks Four to Class of 2017

May 30, 2013

EASTON, Pa. – Head coach Dianne Nolan of the Lafayette women’s basketball team has announced the signing of four student-athletes to the Lafayette Class of 2017. Maia Hood, Ashley Lutz, Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby and Jayla Waller will join the Leopards for the 2013-14 season.

“This group gives our team added depth in our up-tempo style,” Nolan said. “These girls bring a little bit of everything to our squad, value their education and will fit seamlessly into our goals of a Patriot League championship run.”

Lutz was a three-year starter at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury, Mass., averaging 17 points per game her senior season. She was the leading scorer and rebounder on her team for her final three seasons and captained her team in 2012. A three-time Dual Country League All Star, she was named to the ESPN Boston MIAA All-State Team following her junior season.

“Ashley can play the three and the stretch-four positions. She has a strong offensive game with three-point range,” Nolan said. “She’s a solid rebounder and will pose matchup problems and add to our perimeter offensive firepower.”

Ottewill-Soulsby is the first international player to don the Maroon and White since Michelle Hunter and Nadia Dupovac played for the Leopards in the 2004-2005 season. Named the Under-18 England Player of the Year following the 2012-13 season, she is currently a member of the Under-18, Under-20 and Senior English National Teams.

“Harriet’s a stretch-four player who is very mobile and can face up, while also playing with her back to the basket,” Nolan added. “She has good quickness for an inside player and will give us added depth in our rebounding and versatility in the post position.”

Hood was a highly decorated three-sport athlete at Alexander Hamilton High School in Elmsford, N.Y. Competing on the volleyball, basketball and track and field squads, she set numerous school records including a 35’ 5” mark in the triple jump.

On the basketball court, she led the program to its first-ever Section 1 Class C Championship. Hood averaged 22.7 points and 14.7 rebounds per game throughout her career and was captain of her team her junior and senior seasons.

“Maia is a combo guard who has three-point range and can take it to the rim,” Nolan said. “She’s a very strong perimeter player and a tenacious defender, scoring over 1,000 points in her career and coming up just shy of 1,000 rebounds.”

Waller, a guard from Milledgeville, Ga. rounds out the class. Averaging 16.4 points, 6.7 boards and 4.6 steals throughout her career at Baldwin High School, she was named Baldwin County’s Player of the Year her senior season.

Waller set the school record for rebounds in one game when she ripped down 25 boards against Burke during her freshman season. A First Team All-Region 2-AAAA performer, she tallied 1,100 career points and over 500 career rebounds at Baldwin.

“Jayla is a quick, combo guard that sees the floor, can get to the rim, and has very good, quick hands,” Nolan added. “She’s a tough defensive player and can really get to the rim with a quick first step.”

The Leopards are tentatively scheduled to open up their 2013-14 campaign inside the newly renovated Kirby Sports Center on Nov. 8 against Rider.