Nov. 16, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico women’s basketball program and Head Coach Yvonne Sanchez has announced the signing of four student-athletes in the early signing period for the 2013-14 season. The quartet of Brooke Allemand, Alex Lapeyrolerie, Kianna Keller and Josie Greenwood will join the Lobos next season.
Brooke Allemand is a 5-foot-5-inch point guard from Samuel V Champion HS in Boerne, Texas outside of San Antonio. ESPN Hoopgurlz describes her as “one of the top shooters in the class of 2013”. She was ranked #34 in the Premier Basketball Report Texas Top 100. Allemand was statistically one of the top three-point shooters in the state of Texas as a freshman and sophomore. She earned district MVP honors as a sophomore and All-Region honors as a junior. Allemand was also invited to the 2012 Nike Regional Skills Academy.
Coach Sanchez on Brooke: “She’s a lefty point guard who will come in and help Bryce Owens. She’s a good shooter and has the ability to play the two a lot for us. She is a lot like Bryce in that she plays hard, she plays smart and she knows the game.”
Alex Lapeyrolerie, from Flower Mound, Texas near Dallas, is an athletic 5-foot-11-inch perimeter player who can play the shooting guard or small forward position. She is a decorated prep player who has been an All-District selection multiple times. Lapeyrolerie is a three-star prospect according to ESPN Hoopgurlz with an overall rating of 90 from the site. She made ESPN Hoopgurlz’s Top 100 Players To Watch list as a sophomore. She was invited to the 2012 Nike Regional Skills Academy and the USA Basketball U16 National Team Trials. Lapeyrolerie, like Allemand, was also rated in the Top 35 in the Premier Basketball Report Texas Top 100.
Coach Sanchez on Alex: “She’s got the size to play the two or the three for us. She’s got a good shot and is a good rebounder. Alex has solid defensive fundamentals and a good understanding of the game.”
Kianna Keller is the only "true" post player in the recruiting class. The 6-foot-4-inch native of Wisconsin averaged twelve points, six-and-a-half rebounds, and three blocks per game as a junior at Waukesha West High School. She was a two-time Second Team All-Conference performer in The Badger State. Keller was a two-sport star as she also lettered in Cross Country.
Coach Sanchez on Kianna: “Kianna is a nice-sized post player with good perimeter skills as well. She’s shown she can finish going to her right or her left and can step out and knock down a three-pointer. Kianna had a late growth spurt, which moved her from point guard to the post. She still has her point guard handles even though she’s a post player. She’s got a very diverse game and one of the more versatile players we’ve recruited.”
The last name is familiar to Lobo fans as Josie is the sister of Lobo men’s basketball point guard Hugh Greenwood. Josie is a 5-foot-11-inch native of Hobart, Australia. She played for the Australian Institute of Sport from 2009-2011. Greenwood represented Tasmania at the U16, U18 and U20 National Championships. At the 2012 U20 National Championships, she averaged a double-double with eleven points and ten rebounds per game.
Coach Sanchez on Josie: “She is an intriguing player because she’s a 5-foot-11-inch post player with a guard’s skill set. Josie can play inside and outside. She’s very smart, hard-working, and we are excited to have someone who can play on the perimeter or at the four.”
Coach Sanchez and company are continuing their march through the 2012-13 season. They are in the middle of a stretch of three games in five days at The Pit. The Lobos defeated Texas Tech last night and have Houston Baptist next. The Lobos and Huskies will play at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon before UNM hosts New Mexico State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20.