Lady Blues basketball team announces 2006 early signees

Washburn Sports Information

The No. 6 Washburn Lady Blues have signed two prepsters to National Letters of Intent announced Ron McHenry, head coach. The Lady Blues received paperwork on Hadleigh Meek and Alyssa Mullen who will suit up for Washburn next season.

Meek is a 5-foot-8-inch point guard from Parkville, Mo., and Park Hill South High School. She was a 2006 first team all-conference pick for the Panthers after averaging 13 points, four assists, three steals and three rebounds.

She was named to the all-tournament teams at the Northland Classic, the Bishop Miege Tournament and the Winnetonka Tournament.

Mullen is a 5-foot-11-inch offensive guard and wing from Greenwood, Mo., and Lee’s Summit West High School. She averaged 12 points, 6.9 rebounds, four steals, three blocks and two steals per game. She was a first team all-state, all-district and all-metro selection as well as a first team all-conference pick. She also earned MVP of the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tournament and was named to the Independence Examiner’s all-area first team.

The Lady Blues, who have won four straight MIAA Championships and reached the NCAA national tournament in five straight seasons, including the 2005 NCAA Championship, opened the 2006-07 season at the Emporia State/Candlewood Suites Classic against Southwestern Oklahoma State Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in Emporia.

The Lady Blues led the nation in attendance last season averaging 2,765 people per game. Washburn is also the winningest team in the MIAA since the 1989-90 season winning 75 percent of their games going 386-129 overall and 209-77 (.731) in MIAA play. McHenry is the third winningest active coach in the NCAA Division II coaching ranks with a 159-33 (.828) record entering his seventh season at Washburn.

“We’re looking to replace a really nice senior class that we’ve had for four years. I thought these two kids will be able to do that. How quickly they get some playing time and do that is up to them. How quickly they get adjusted to the college game,” said McHenry. “They are very competitive people. They both come from winning programs and they both have been trained very well. Alyssa has a lot of size for a guard at 5-foot-10-inch, and Hadleigh has a lot of passion to be a heck of a player. I expect them to have good careers.”