Doshier, Bessert will play USD basketball

Doshier, Bessert will play USD basketball South Dakota women's basketball coach Chad Lavin has announced the signings of Ashley Bessert of Fort Collins, CO., and Anne Doshier of Rapid City, to national letters of intent to play basketball and enroll at The University of South Dakota this fall.

The signings of Bessert and Doshier complete the 2005 recruiting class that includes Bridgett Yoerger, a 5'11'' guard/forward from Hinton, IA, who signed with the Coyotes last fall.

"We are pleased that Ashley (Bessert) and Anne (Doshier) have signed to play for the Coyotes," said Lavin, whose team was 17-13 in the 2004-05 season and advanced to the finals of the Wells Fargo NCC Conference Tournament. "They are both outstanding players, who will make solid contributions to our program," he said. Doshier, a finalist for the 2005 Miss South Dakota Basketball, starred at Rapid City Stevens by helping the Red Raiders to a three-year record of 41-26. Doshier, a 5-7 point guard, was a 2005 South Dakota Class AA All-State performer, averaging 13.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent from three-point range. A first-team all-conference selection for two-straight years, she was second-team all-state as a junior. The daughter of Steve and Barb Doshier, she finished her career fourth in assists (139), fifth in points (678) and eighth in steals (80) at Rapid City Stevens.

Doshier, who ranks at the top of her class academically, is also an outstanding track performer for Stevens, which captured the South Dakota Class AA team crown in 2004. At the 2004 state meet, Doshier finished second in the 300-meter hurdles (46.63), fifth in the 100-meter dash (12.66) and was a member of Steven's title-winning 4×100 meter relay squad (49.83), which won the Gold Medal for the best time across the three divisions.

Bessert, a 6'2'' forward, is a transfer from junior college power Western Nebraska Community College and joins her sister, Brittany, on the USD women's basketball team. Bessert was a forward on one of one of the nation's top junior college teams, Western Nebraska Community College, which finished 33-2 and seventh at the National Junior Ath-

letic Association National

Tournament. This past season, Bessert played in 33 games for WNCC, hitting 40.2 percent from the field and 74 percent from the foul line. Bessert was also a member of the 2004 team that finished sixth at the national tournament.

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