Women’s Basketball Introduces Class of 2013

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall women's basketball coach, Ashlee Courter, announced her class of 2013 on Monday. Five players will don the Diplomats' blue and white, joining a cast of nine returning players on F&M's roster.

"I am thrilled with the freshmen class we have coming in," said Courter. "They are an athletic and talented group of basketball players, whose strong knowledge of the game and solid high school experiences immediately provides us with more depth than in previous years." 

The Diplomats have gone 36-19 over the past two seasons under Courter, advancing to the Centennial Conference championship tournament in each of those seasons. F&M hosted the 2007-2008 Centennial Championships, falling in the title game.

 

Alexa Barbush | 5-7 | Point Guard  | Trinity (Pa.)

Four-year varsity starter... All-Pennsylvania Third Team selection... Two-time Big 15 choice by the Patriot News... Two-time Mid Penn Conference First Team choice... Two-time First Team All-Sentinel... All-Tournament Selection, Gettysburg Holiday Tournament... Max Prep top 100 in Steals & Assists... 865 Career Points...  Double digit scoring average as junior (13.5 ppg) and senior (10.8 ppg)... Team was three-time Eastern Finalist (AA in '07 and '08, AAA in '09)... Squad ranked top 10 in Pennsylvania all four years...

 

Colleen Bott | 5-9 | Guard/Forward | Villa Walsh Academy (N.J.)

Four-year varsity starter... Team captain as a junior and senior... All-time leading scorer in the Villa Walsh history with 1,320 points... Led 2006-07 team to Northern Hills' first conference championship... Led team to the semifinals of the New Jersey Non-Public B State Basketball Tournament in 2009... 2009 Morris County Senior All-Star... First team all-conference as a sophomore, junior, and senior... First Team Morris County Coaches Association as a sophomore, junior, and senior... Named Villa Walsh's top female athlete for N.J. Women in Sports Honors... Earned team's Most Valuable Player as a senior...

 

Veronica Kresse | 5-7 | Guard | Quince Orchard (Md.)

Team captain this past season...  Junior year helped lead the team to the Maryland 4A West Region Final...  Seventh highest scorer in Quince Orchard history...

 

Michelle "Shelly" Montagna | 5-1 | Point Guard | New Providence (N.J.)

Second most prolific scorer in New Providence's history with 1,342 points...  Conference player of the year as a junior; Team won sectional that season... Four-time MVP... Two-time team captain... Third-team All-State as a junior and senior... Team won Mountain Valley Conference each of her final three seasons. 

 

Elizabeth "Liz" Snyder | 5-8 | Guard | Cranford (N.J.)

Averaged 12 ppg and 5 asst. as a senior... All Mountain Valley Conference First Team selection as a junior and senior... All-Union County Third Team choice as a junior and senior...  Team captured the Union County championship her freshman year....