USD signs women’s basketball recruits

USD signs women's basketball recruits South Dakota head women's basketball coach Chad Lavin has announced that four student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to enroll at USD and participate in the Coyote basketball program.

The newest additions are: Gwen Meyer, 5-11 (Inwood, IA); Erin Van Houten, 6-2 (Inwood, IA); Kelly Koepp, 5-9 (Jordan, MN); and Julia Frie, 6-0 (Byron, MN).

"We are very pleased with our recruiting class this year," stated Lavin. "This spring we have added four young ladies who totally fit what we're looking for in academics and athletics. They are outstanding students who also play a style that fit the way we want to play at USD."

Meyer, from West Lyon High School, was the fourth-leading scorer in the state of Iowa this past season for all classes with a 24.7 average along with 10.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.5 steals per game. She shot 46.1 percent from the field and 66.2 from the free throw line.

Van Houten, who also starred at West Lyon, attended Iowa Lakes Community College (Estherville, IA) this year as a freshman. She led the conference in scoring with 18.8 points per game along with ranking fourth in rebounds (8.2) and fourth in blocked shots (3.0).

Koepp played at Bethany Lutheran Community College (Mankato, MN) for the last two years. A two-time first-team Kodak all-American, Koepp poured in 25.7 points per game as a sophomore this season in leading Bethany to the junior college state championship and a 25-2 record. A first-team all-division and a first-team all-State selection, Koepp set a career scoring record with 1,196 points in 52 games played for a 23.0 scoring average.

Koepp is a 1997 graduate of Jordan High School where she was a three-time all-Minnesota River Conference pick. Koepp finished her prep career ranking third in scoring with 1,155 points. During her senior season, Koepp averaged 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.7 assists.

Frie was voted the Player of the Year at Byron High School with a school-record 20.3 points per game and she was the leading scorer in the Hiawatha Valley League with a 20.1 average. Only the third player in school history to score 1,000 points with 1,278 to rank second, Frie averaged 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.6 assists while shooting 74.8 percent from the free throw line.

During the early signing period in November, South Dakota signed Heather Nelson, 5-11 (Yankton); Dawn Sudbeck, 5-4 (Parkston); and Amanda Iverson, 6-0 (Vermillion).

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