|Women's hoops adds point guard|
MOSCOW - Idaho women's basketball coach Jon Newlee has added an experienced point guard to the mix for the 2012-13 season, as Janelle Weiss, from Chemeketa Community College, has signed a National Letter of Intent to become a Vandal.
The 5-foot-5 point guard from Salem, Ore., led the Storm in 2011-12 with 14.4 points and 3.7 assists per game. She also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game, and had a 1.26 assist-to-turnover ratio. Weiss buried 60 3-pointers on the season, and shot 32 percent from long range, 38 percent from the field overall, and 81 percent from the free throw line.
"I like her ability to handle the basketball," Newlee said of Weiss. "She has great court-vision and makes good decisions with the basketball. She's an excellent 3-point shooter, and I like our point guard to be able to knock down the 3. More than anything though, I like the energy she plays with on the floor. She's taking charges, diving on the floor for loose balls, she's encouraging her teammates, she's very vocal on the floor and just a real energy player, and that's something that we need in our program."
Weiss helped her team to a 21-8 overall record, an 11-3 mark in the NWAACC South and a semifinal appearance in the NWAACC tournament. She scored 20 or more points eight times in 29 games in 2011-12, including a season-high 38 points. She was the NWAACC Southern Region Player of the Year in 2011-12 and an all-freshman first-team selection in 2010-11. Her senior year in high school at West Salem HS, Weiss was a first-team all-league and first-team all-region selection.
A junior with two years of eligibility remaining, Weiss will compete for time with rising sophomore Krissy Karr, who started 26 games at the point guard position for the Vandals as a freshman in 2011-12.
"Right now Krissy would have been going into next year as our only pure point guard, and both of them are pure point guards," Newlee said. "You need to have at least two in your program who can get in and run the offense and be my extension on the floor, and I look for Janelle to get into that role. We've solidified our point guard position with this signing."
Weiss joins guards Christina Salvatore and Connie Ballestero, and posts Ali Forde and Abi Quinnett , who signed NLIs in the fall, in Idaho's recruiting class for 2012. Redshirts Addie Schivo and Natalie Lainhart along with Maren Austgulen, who missed the 2011-12 season due to an NCAA ruling, will also be active in 2012-13 for the Vandals. Idaho lost three seniors after the 2011-12 season, guards Keri Arendse and Ganeaya Rogers, and post Adrie Shiels.
"On paper we have depth at every position, which is great," Newlee said of his lineup for next season. "We can do even more of what we want from a defensive standpoint, get out and trap, and press a little more than we've been able to because of a lack of depth. From an offensive standpoint we should be a better 3-point shooting team, and we should be able to attack the rim a little better. We're more athletic and deeper at every spot now than we've ever been."