Lobos Ink Four Players in the Early Signing Period
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/08/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

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.

Head Coach Don Flanagan on Nikki Nelson, "Nikki is quick and has excellent ball handling skills. Good defender that along with Amy Beggin will help us extend our defensive pressure."

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."