Women's Hoops Inks Four to NLIs
Colonials set foundation for future with Rizzotti's second recruiting class
WASHINGTON - George Washington women's basketball head coach Jennifer Rizzotti has announced that four student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiately for the Colonials starting in the 2018-19 season.
The quartet consists of guards Maddie Loder (Independence, Minn./Orono) and Tori Hyduke (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven), forward Mayowa Taiwo (Hanover, Md./Rockbridge Academy) and center Kayla Mokwuah (Longmeadow, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy).
"We are very excited to welcome four new young women to our basketball family," said Rizzotti. "We've been talking about this 2018 class since we took the job last year and I feel like my staff knocked it out of the park. Not only do we have four impact players, but we have four terrific young women from different parts of the country who are unique and talented in so many ways. They will fit together well along with our first recruiting class to set a very strong foundation for our future."
Loder is a 5-11 guard from Orono High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a junior she averaged 17.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while helping lead Orono to the Class AAA State Championship. During Orono's state-title run she averaged 10.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game over three contests. She was also a Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-State Honorable Mention selection last season.
"Maddie has an infectious energy and love for the game," said Rizzotti. "She is a big guard that can shoot the three and has a quick first step to the basket. I lover her versatility and her team-first attitude."
Tori Hyduke is a 5-6 guard out of Rumson, New Jersey, and plays scholastically at Rumson-Fair Haven High School. ESPN.com ranks her as the 28th-best point guard prospect in the nation. In her junior season she averaged 16.2 points and 5.9 assists per game while being named both a New Jersey Sports Report All-Shore Division First Team pick and an All-Metro Honorable Mention selection. She was also tabbed a NJ.com All-Group 2 First Team pick after going off for 38 points in a one-point loss in the Sectional Championship game.
"Tori is a feisty, tough, high-IQ point guard," said Rizzotti. "She is always underestimated and consistently makes her opponents pay for that. She can impact all facets of the game. She gets easy shots for her teammates and knows exactly when she needs to score, especially if it's a game-winning basket."
Olumayowasi (Mayowa) Taiwo is a 6-0 forward from Hanover, Maryland, and Rockbridge Academy. A three-sport athlete that also competes scholastically in soccer and lacrosse, Taiwo is a four-time MIAC All-Conference selection and a three-time Most Valuable Player and was the MVP of the 2014 MCAL All-Star Game.
"Mayowa brings immediate athleticism and aggressiveness to our front court," said Rizzotti. "She can dominate the paint but is also a great slasher to the basket. Once she gets to college, she'll be able to expand her offensive game and become a really tough player to check."
Kayla Mokwuah is a 6-5 center from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, who plays at Wilbraham & Monson Academy. She has already hit the 1,000-point milestone after just three seasons, thanks to averages of 25.1 points, 19.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game during a dominant junior season. She helped her team to the NEPSAC Class C Semifinals, recording 20 double-doubles and nine 20-20 games throughout the course of the season.
"We are really excited about Kayla's versatility as a front court player," said Rizzotti. "She will be an immediate difference maker in the paint for us defensively. I'm impressed with how much she's improved offensively and look forward to watching her grow into a dominant college post player."
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