AZUSA, Calif.-- Azusa Pacific women’s basketball coach T.J. Hardeman has announced the signing of four recruits for the 2013-14 season. The Cougars, who were in the thick of the Pacific West Conference race deep into their first year of league play last season, have added a pair of high school commitments, and two college transfers.
Maggie Dumphy, a lengthy post from Westminster High School, was one of the class’ first commitments, and Joelle Tampien, out of Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Wash., rounded out the prep recruits, while Portland State transfer Allison Greene, and Elena Ala (Diablo Valley Community College) give Azusa Pacific a deep, well rounded class headed into year three of the university’s three-year transition towards NCAA Division II membership.
“I feel like we got really good players at every position. From a recruiting standpoint it’s nice to add strength at every position on the floor. We’re adding people that can handle the ball, and can make good decisions, and we’re adding players that can defend and rebound, so I feel very good about each girl that we got,” said Hardeman.
“There are so many unknowns in the PacWest with what each team is losing and adding, and I feel like with what we’re getting that we’ll definitely be in the hunt, but our real goal is to just improve. On paper these recruits look really good. I’d say we’re feeling very confident about our transition and feeling like we have the right pieces in place to get to back to where we’re used to being, being able to compete with the best teams in the country.”
The Cougars, who went 16-11 last year, are returning just one double-digit scorer (Kelly Hardeman; 13.3 ppg.), and will have the PacWest’s assist leader in Sullivan Ziegler coming back for her second year with the program.
MAGGIE DUMPHY 6-1, Forward, Westminster High School
Dumphy led the Lions to a 25-4 record, and a 10-0 conference season en route to a Golden West League championship. In Golden West play the Lions outscored league opponents by 40.9 points per game thanks to a stifling defense that limited opponents to an average of 24.2 points per night as Dumphy led Orange County in blocks per game at a 3.4 clip. She averaged 14.8 points, and 9.8 rebounds per game in her senior year, and was named as the Golden West MVP. Westminster made it to the second round of the CIF Southern Section 2AA playoffs, and averaged 18 points in postseason play.
“Maggie is a great defensive player. Leading Orange County in blocks is impressive, but outside of her production was her attitude and demeanor. Every time I watched her play she seemed like she was having more fun than anyone else on the court. I’m excited for her to get to campus because of how much interest she expressed in Azusa Pacific as a university, and that is really what drove her here,” said Hardeman.
JOELLE TAMPIEN 5-8, Guard, Lewis and Clark High School
Tampien is a sharp-shooting guard out of Spokane, Wash., whose versatility will bode well for the Cougars. At Lewis and Clark High School she was primarily a guard, but with an array of skills was asked to play all over the court for the Tigers. Tampien earned a spot in the State All-Star game after a season in which she filled up the stat sheet in an assortment of ways. Tampien finished with an average of 10 points, six assists, five rebounds, and five steals per game.
“Joelle played everything in high school and for us she’ll do some of the same things. What we really liked about her is that she can shoot. She can shoot in transition and off the dribble, and she’ll really help balance us on the court. She also has a very high basketball IQ, and her knowledge and ability to catch and shoot the ball attracted us to her,” said Hardeman.
ALLISON GREENE 5-9, Guard, Portland State
Greene played two seasons for the Vikings, averaging 4.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 28 games as a freshman during the 2011-12 season, and following that up with a 10.6 points per game average as a sophomore. She started six times for as a freshman, and in all 27 games as a sophomore a PSU team that finished with a 12-17 record. The Beaverton, Ore. native came on strong late in her first year for the Vikings, scoring 35 points in a pair of games against Eastern Washington and Sacramento State in late February of 2012, with season-highs in points (18) and rebounds (8) coming in an 84-82 loss to Sacramento State. As a sophomore she led the Vikings in scoring five times, with a 23-point performance coming in a 66-61 win over Northern Arizona. Greene is capable scorer, who can put the ball in the basket in a variety of ways. The 5-9 guard is also very aggressive, with over 27 percent of her points coming at the free throw line, where she shot 78 percent (101-130)in her two seasons.
“Allison is very well-rounded. She really likes the inside and medium range stuff, gets to the line and can generate points. She can help in a lot of different areas. It’ll be good to get someone who’s got a good scoring mindset who can create her own offense,” said Hardeman.
ELENA ALA 5-7, Guard, Diablo Valley College
Ala joins the Cougars after one season at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif. As a freshman she helped the Vikings to a top-20 junior college ranking in California, and a second round appearance in the California Community College Athletics Association playoffs, where Diablo Valley fell to Merced College 48-39. Ala received All-Big 8 Conference recognition, and helped DVC to the program’s most successful season with an 18-11 record. Ala averaged 11.6 points, 3.6 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game in 29 games, and closed the year with 14 points against Merced.
“We’re very excited about Elena. She’s an explosive point guard and can see the court really well. She’s good at setting her teammates up, but she also knows how to score when the play breaks down. She’s strong, and one of the things that her coach said was that she was a team favorite and every got along with her. I’m really looking forward to seeing how she’ll mesh with the team, on the court and in the locker room,” said Hardeman.