GW Women's Basketball Lands Top 50 Recruiting Class

July 2, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington women's basketball head coach Mike Bozeman has signed a Top 50 recruiting class for the second consecutive season. The three-player class - featuring two freshmen and a transfer - is ranked 50th nationally by ESPNU HoopGurlz, highlighted by Top 100 recruit Chelisa Painter.

"Our coaching staff has once again done an outstanding job to bring in a Top 50 recruiting class for the second straight year," said Bozeman, who inked ESPN's 42nd-ranked recruiting class for 2009-10. "This group will add depth to our roster and allow us to compete on the level that GW is accustomed to."

Along with Painter, who is rated 78th overall on ESPN's Top 100, the Colonials add transfer Kristin Aldridge and freshman Erica Chandler. Aldridge began her collegiate career at University of Missouri-Kansas City prior to playing last season at Neosho County (MO) Community College, while Chandler, the younger sister of NBA veteran Tyson Chandler, starred for four years at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, NC.

"We look forward to adding these three recruits and to the return of Ivy Abiona, Tara Booker and Danni Jackson from injury," added Bozeman. "A healthy roster will allow us to give opponents a number of different looks next season."

Kristin Aldridge
Jr., 5-foot-7, Guard
Mansfield, TX - Mansfield Summit High School
Neosho County (MO) Community College/UMKC

Played 2009-10 season at Neosho County (MO) Community College, averaging 16.9 points on 45 percent shooting, 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 31 games for Lady Panthers ... NCCC posted 11-20 overall record ... Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) Honorable Mention All-Eastern Division ... Played 2008-09 season at University of Missouri-Kansas City, averaging 2.4 points, 1.5 assists and 14.0 minutes in 29 games for Kangaroos ... UMKC posted 12-18 overall record ... Named to Summit League Winter/Spring All-Academic team ... Helped Mansfield Summit High School to 30-8 record as a senior, averaging 8.6 points and 2.5 rebounds ... Received TCGA and TABC Academic All-State honors at Mansfield Summit in 2008.



Personal: Kristin Aldridge ... Born April 20, 1990 ... Daughter of Jackie Aldridge ... Has two siblings.

Coach Bozeman's Take: "With Kristin, we add a seasoned player with Division I experience. She gives us versatility at guard because she can play at both the point and wing and is a scoring threat."

Erica Chandler
Fr., 6-foot-4, Center
Charlotte, NC
Ardrey Kell High School - Carolina Rise 2009 AAU

Four-year starter, two-time team captain at Ardrey Kell High School ... Averaged 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks as a senior for the Knights ... 2010 North Carolina Preps All-Southwestern 4A All-Conference team ... Played for North Carolina AAU championship teams in 2006 (NC Comets), 2007 (NC Flight) and 2009 (Rise 2009) ... Helped AAU squads to 9th-place finish at 2006 and 2007 AAU National Championships.

Personal: Erica Chantel Chandler ... Born March 15, 1992, in Los Angeles, CA ... Daughter of Franklin and Carla Chandler ... Two older brothers, Tyson and Ryan. Brother Tyson is center for NBA's Charlotte Bobcats ... Intends to major in criminal justice.

Coach Bozeman's Take: "Erica gives us a solid post presence that will enable us to compete with the best frontcourts in our conference."

Chelisa Painter
Fr., 6-foot-1, Forward
Chesapeake, VA
Indian River High School - Team Unique AAU

Rated the 12th-best power forward and 78th overall on ESPNU HoopGurlz Top 100 ... Averaged 14.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.9 steals as a senior at Indian River ... Led Braves to undefeated Southeastern District regular-season ... Southeastern District Defensive Player of the Year and First Team ... 2010 Second Team All-Tidewater Team by The Virginia Pilot ... McDonald's All-America nominee ... Averaged 13 points and nine rebounds as a junior at Indian River.

Personal: Chelisa Lynn Painter ... Born May 9, 1992, in Lungstrul, Germany ... Daughter of Quinnetta Pierce and Lynn Painter ... Younger brother, DeAndre, and younger sister, Daneda.

Coach Bozeman's Take: "Chelisa is a wild card because of her length and athleticism, she is able to play a number of different frontcourt positions. Her addition shows we can continue to recruit highly-rated players and that we're building a solid foundation for the program."

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