Kennedy signs six in initial Vikings class

By Portland State  Jun 6 2015, 12:20 am — Leave a comment
Portland State Women's Hoops Coach Lynn Kennedy
PORTLAND – First-year Head Women’s Basketball Coach Lynn Kennedy has announced his first six signees after taking over on April 8. Michaela Kay, Ashley Bolston, Sidney Rielly, Ashley Torres Negron, Pia Jurhar, and Te Oramae Solomon have all committed to join the Vikings in 2015-16. Bolston, and Rielly will have to sit out the season due to NCAA transfer rules.Kay, a 5-foot-6 freshman out of Spokane, Wash., was a four-year starter and three-time team captain for Lewis & Clark High School. Kay averaged 16 points, five assists, and three steals per game as a senior. She also shot 88.5 percent from the free-throw line and 47 percent from three-point range. She earned Greater Spokane All-League First Team honors as a senior and was an honorable mention as a junior. She was a Team USA U16 and U17 participant and was also a Jack Blair All Star Game Participant in 2015.

Bolston played at Washington State as a freshman in 2014-15 making 11 appearances. She scored six points with eight rebounds in a game against Idaho State. The 6-foot-2 guard, played for South Medford High School before spending a year in Pullman. As a sophomore, she led South Medford to a perfect 30-0 record and the state championship while being named all-conference second team after averaging 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

As a junior, Bolston was named South Oregon Hybrid Conference Player of the Year and was named to the Oregon 6A All-State First Team after averaging 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks. She led South Medford to its third straight title game as a senior and finished her high school career with the most career wins by an individual. ESPN.com rated her as a three-star prospect and she was ranked the No. 106 overall prospect in the nation by GirlsBasketballReport.com.

Rielly, a 6-foot guard from Everett, Wash., played 25 games at Santa Clara as a freshman in 2014-15. She scored 25 points along with three rebounds and three steals in a game against San Francisco State. Rielly was a three-time team captain at Everett High School and was the 2013 and 2014 Washington 3A Scoring Leader averaging 23.5 and 22.0 points per game respectively. She finished her EHS career as the all-time leading scorer with 1,517 points. She was a WA 3A All-State Second team selection, the WESCO 3A Co-MVP, a Nike EOT All-Tournament selection in 2012 and 2013, and WCAC All-Star Fab Five selection. She was also named the MVP of the 2A/3A Washington/Idaho All Star game in 2013.

Michaela Kay drives around an opposing defender.

Michaela Kay drives around an opposing defender.

Torres Negron joins the Vikings after spending two seasons at Highland CC in Kansas. The Morovis, Puerto Rico native averaged 12 points and four rebounds per game and helped her team to a 33-3 record and the NJCAA National Runner-up. She earned NJCAA All-American Second Team honors and was a Region VI First Team selection.

Torres Negron helped Puerto Rico to the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship with five points and five rebounds. Averaged 11 points and three rebounds at the FIBA Centrobasket U16 Championships and nine points and four rebounds at the FIBA Centrobasket U18 Championships.

Jurhar, a 6-foot-3 forward from Vienna, Austria, will add a touch of the European game to the Portland State squad. She played on the FIBA Senior Women’s National Team that won the European Championship for Small Countries averaging four points and six rebounds a game. She also played for the FIBA U18 National Team in 2012 and 2013 and the U20 National Team in 2015. She played for the Flying Foxes from 2010-13 and BK Duchess from 2013-15.

Solomon, a 5-foot-11 forward from Aukland, New Zealand, will join the Vikings as a junior in the fall. She played at Cochise College in Arizona and helped her team to a 19-10 overall record while averaging 12 points and six rebounds. She earned All-Conference and All-Region second team honors. She also has international basketball experience playing helping her team to the 2010 FIBA Oceania U17 championship game and the 2013 FIBA Oceania U20 championship game. She also played in the FIBA Centrobasket U16 championships averaging 11 points and three rebounds.

The six are added to two others, Corey James and Bree Shepard who signed with the Vikings during the early signing period in November.

Ashley Bolston spent one year at Washington State after starring at South Medford (Ore.) High School.

Ashley Bolston spent one year at Washington State after starring at South Medford (Ore.) High School.

NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT AND FINANCIAL AID SIGNEES FOR 2015-16
Corey James, FR, G, 5-10, Albany, OR (West Albany HS) – Nov. 2014
Bree Shepard, FR, G, 5-7, San Diego, CA (Helix HS) – Nov. 2014
Michaela Kay, FR, PG, 5-6, Spokane, WA (Lewis & Clark HS) – April 2015
Ashley Bolston, SO, G/F, 6-2, Medford, OR (South Medford HS/Washington State) – April 2015
Sidney Rielly, SO, G, 5-11, Everett, WA (Everett HS/Santa Clara) – May 2015
Ashley Torres Negron, JR, G, Morovis, Puerto Rico (Highland CC) – May 2015
Pia Jurhar, FR, F, 6-3, Vienna, Austria – May 2015
Te Oramae Solomon, JR, F, 5-11, Auckland, Australia (Avondale/Cochise College) – June 2015

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