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Roadrunners add six during spring signing period

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 04/26/2011
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SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA women’s basketball program announced Tuesday the signing of Mannasha Bell (Fort Smith, Ark./Northside HS), Mathilde Hergott (Jonage, France/Lycee Jean Mermoz of Montpellier), Jenny Menz (Jena, Germany/Johann Christoph Friedrich Gutsmuths), Jalisa Montgomery (Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Central HS/Arkansas Baptist), Ashley Spaletta (Magnolia, Ark./Magnolia HS) and Simone Young (Marion, Ark./West Memphis HS/Arkansas Baptist) to National Letters of Intent during the spring signing period. The group joins fall signee Kamra King in the Roadrunners' 2010-11 signing class.

“I am very excited to add such a talented group of players to our program,” head coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair said. “To sign this many quality players is a credit to the work of our coaching staff. This class adds a wealth of athleticism and versatility to our team. They all come from winning programs and know the hard work it takes to become a winner. To combine that with the nucleus we have coming back should make for a an exciting season next year and beyond.”

Bell is a 5-11 forward from Fort Smith, Ark., who averaged 12.9 points and a team-leading 9.6 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game as a senior at Northside High School. A McDonald’s All-America nominee, she helped the Grizzlies to a runner-up finish at the state tournament. Bell was named to the All-Tournament Team after being named All-Class 7A by both the Arkansas High School Activities Association and Vype Magazine. An all-around athlete, Bell was named All-Class 7A three times in four sports (basketball/softball/track & field/volleyball).

Hergott is a 5-10 guard/forward from Lycee Jean Mermoz of Montpellier in Jonage, France. In 2010, she was a finalist for the French National Under-17 Team and was selected to try out for the squad again in 2011.

Menz is a 5-11 forward from Johann Christoph Friedrich Gutsmuths in Jena, Germany. She has a wealth of international experience thanks to playing time with the 16U, 18U and 20U German National Teams.

Montgomery is a 5-9 forward who comes from Arkansas Baptist, where she played with current Roadrunner Ashley Gardner. In 26 games for the Buffaloes, she shot 47.6 percent from the field and averaged 8.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. As a senior at Little Rock Central in 2008, Montgomery was named All-Class 7A and led the Tigers to the state tournament semifinals.

Spaletta is a 5-9 shooting guard from Magnolia High School in Magnolia, Ark. Like Bell, she was a McDonald’s All-America nominee and averaged 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals per game. Spaletta was a three-time all-state selection and was named the team’s offensive MVP three times. She also was named to the state’s All-Tournament Team her junior and senior seasons.
 
Young is a 5-8 guard who has played the last two seasons at Arkansas Baptist. Last season, she averaged 12.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 steals per game for the Buffaloes.

UTSA finished this past season at 16-15 overall and 11-5 in the Southland Conference, which was good enough to win the league's West Division.
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