Nov. 8, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's basketball program announced today that four prospective student-athletes will be enrolling at the University of New Mexico in the fall of 2007. Signed letters of intent were received from Jessica Kielpinski (Mandan High School/Mandan, N.D.), Kelsey Ansley (Marble Falls High School/Marble Falls, Texas), Nikki Nelson (Jenkins High School/Chewelah, Wash.) and Porche Torrance (Heritage High School/Colleyville, Texas) during the early fall signing period.
Jessica Kielpinski, a 6-1 post from Mandan, North Dakota joins the Lobos from Mandan High School. Kielpinski is a member of the four-time Class A State Championship team. She was named first team All-State her junior year by the North Dakota Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Last season Kielpinski averaged 18 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a game.
Head Coach Don Flanagan on Jessica Kielpinski, "Jessica is a physical player that gives outstanding effort. She comes from an athletic family and will provide a good inside presence."
Kelsey Ansley, a 6-2 forward from Marble Falls, Texas joins UNM from Marble Falls High School. Ansley was named All-Region last year by the Texas Basketball Coaches Association. Last season she averaged 12 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4 steals a game.
Head Coach Don Flanagan on Kelsey Ansley, "Kelsey is a physical post player that plays hard all the time. She has good post moves and showed that she could be a scorer in the summer."
Nikki Nelson, a 5-5 guard from Chewelah, Washington joins the Lobos from Jenkins High School. Nelson was named first team All-State in 2005 and was selected Greater Spokane League Honorable Mention in 2006. Last season Nelson averaged 12 points a game.
Porche Torrance, a 6-1 guard/forward from Colleyville, Texas joins UNM from Heritage High School. Torrance was named All-Region 1-5A her junior year by the Texas Basketball Coaches Association. Last season Torrance averaged 19 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.7 blocks a game.
Head Coach Don Flanagan on Porche Torrance, "Porche is an athletic player that has good all around skills. She comes from an excellent program and has great upside."