USD women’s basketball signs first players of 2013-14 recruiting class

Women's basketball coach Amy Williams is pleased to announce the signings of Bridget Arens and Jaylah Jackson to the University of South Dakota's 2013-14 recruiting class on Friday.

Arens, a native of Crofton, NE, is a six-foot post player who averaged 16.1 points and seven rebounds last season as a junior at Crofton High School. Jackson, a native of Olathe, Kan., is a 5-foot-7-inch guard at Olathe Northwest High School and earned Class 6A honorable mention honors last season.

"We're excited to have both Bridget and Jaylah sign with South Dakota," said Williams. "Both are excellent players who came from well-respected programs with great coaches."

Arens led Crofton to a Nebraska C2 State Championship last season, and was named a first-team all-state player. She spent last summer playing AAU basketball with the Pinnacle Bank Nebraska All-Stars.

"Bridget's a workhorse and a versatile player," said Williams. "She's the definition of Coyote basketball. She's got a great work ethic and is not afraid to get in and score or rebound."

Jackson averaged 11 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game last season. An all-state selection as a sophomore, she helped Olathe Northwest to a second-place finish at the state tournament in her junior season.

"Jaylah's a game-changer," Williams said. "She's a strong guard who has strength and size and can handle the ball well. She can score the ball in a lot of different ways and the energy she plays with is contagious."

Jackson helped the Missouri Valley Blazers Elite team to a record of 20-7 this past summer.

Both players will be playing for a program that has reached two postseason tournaments in four seasons at the Division I level.

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