TACOMA, Washington - Seven new student-athletes will join the Puget Sound women's basketball program starting in the 2018-19 academic year, Logger head coach Casey Kushiyama announced.
"I'm very excited to introduce and welcome the new Loggers to our women's basketball family," said Kushiyama. "I am very pleased because we were able to address a number of different needs with this talented class - all of whom fit our 'Our Ideal Player' model: Excellent students, hard workers with a passion for the game, good teammates, and people with high character. I'd like to thank the Office of Admissions for all of its hard work this year. Without the staff's partnership and help, bringing this class to fruition wouldn't have been possible. I'd also like to thank our current student-athletes for their help in the recruitment process by being great hosts and ambassadors of our school and program. It's a great time to be a Logger!"
Meet the new Loggers
Amanda Ferguson / Issaquah, Wash. / Issaquah
5-6 / Guard
Team Accomplishments: WIAA Playoffs.
Individual Achievements: Team captain for two years.
Coach Kusiyama: "Amanda is a skilled guard that possesses high basketball IQ. She is a very good ball-handler and shooter. Her leadership and communication skills will be huge assets for us. She possesses very good quickness and has the ability to consistently get into the paint."
Andrea Beninghaus / Campbell, Calif. / Westmont
6-0 / Post
Team Accomplishments: 2017 & 2018 BVAL League Champions.
Individual Achievements: BVAL leadingrRebounder; Westmont High School single-game rebounding record (29); 2018 First Team All-League; 2017 Second Team All-League; Roy Grillo Outstanding Senior Athlete.
Coach Kushiyama: "Andrea is a very instinctual player and her greatest strength is her rebounding ability. She has a good motor, a great sense for the ball, and is quick off her feet. She's a tough competitor with a ton of upside."
Nicole Rasmussen / Yakima, Wash. / West Valley
Individual Achievements: 2017 & 2018 First Team All-League; 2017 & 2018 All-Defensive Team; Career-high 31 points (game).
Coach Kushiyama: "Nicole is an athletic two-way player who is capable of scoring in bunches or serving as a shut-down perimeter defender. She's extremely discipline and always seems to make the right play."
Sammie Swartout / Eatonville, Wash. / Eatonville
5-8 / Guard
Individual Achievements: 12 All-Academic Awards; BASKETBALL - 2016 & 2017 1st Team All-League, 2018 SPSL MVP, 2018 Tacoma Athletic Commission (TAC) Athlete of the Year … VOLLEYBALL - 2016 TAC Athlete of the Year, 2017 All-League 2nd Team … TRACK & FIELD - 2018 SPSL Field Athlete of the Year. 2016, 2017, & 2018 All-League 1st Place Javelin, three-time state qualifier for javelin; 2017 Second Team shot put.
Coach Kushiyama: "Sammie is as versatile a player as there is. She has a great mix of size, speed, and strength. She's great at attacking the basket and finishing, is a deadly 3-point shooter, and is a very good passer. She can defend multiple positions and is very good rebounder, as well."
Georgia Lavinder / Buckley, Wash. / White River
5-8 / Guard
Team Accomplishments: 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018 League Champions; 2016, 2017, & 2018 District Champions; 2015 fourth place in State; 2017 sixth place in State, 2018 State appearance.
Individual Achievements: 2016, 2017, & 2018 All-League; 2018 All-State Honorable Mention; 2018 SPSL MVP; White River High School record for 3-pointers made in a game (10).
Coach Kushiyama: "Georgia is a lights-out shooter. She's the kind of player that you are more surprised by her misses than her makes. She's going to command the defense's attention. And she's not just a shooter, she has a very well-rounded game that can do a little bit of everything."
Sofia Lavinder / Buckley, Wash. / White River
5-8 / Guard
Team Accomplishments: 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018 League Champions; 2016, 2017, & 2018 District Champions; 2015 fourth place in State; 2017 sixth place in State; 2018 State appearance.
Individual Achievements: 2016 SPSL Honorable Mention; 2017 Second Team All-League; 2018 First Team All-League.
Coach Kushiyama: "Sofia is an athletic guard who is a Jill-of-all-trades type of player. She does whatever it takes for her team to win. A very good ball-handler, a capable scorer, a great facilitator, and she's a solid defender and rebounder."
Gia Sorn / Richland, Wash. / North Idaho College
6-2 / Post
Individual Achievements: 2016 First Team All-League. Richland High School single-game record for rebounds (20) and blocks (7); Richland High School's single-season record for blocks in a season (49).
Coach Kushiyama: "I have known Gia for a few years. The opportunity for us to connect at Puget Sound after she spent two years at NIC is going to be incredible. She's a highly skilled offensive player with the ability to consistently step out to 15-feet and hit jumpers. Defensively, she's a great fit and an incredible presence."