CHICAGO - Following the completion of her first season with the Ramblers, Loyola University Chicago head women's basketball coach Kate Achter has announced the addition of a trio of student-athletes to her 2017-18 recruiting class. Alexis Meyer (Portland, Ore./Westview), Abby O'Connor (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph) and Ellie Rice (Austin, Texas/Regents School of Austin) will join the Ramblers in the fall and will be eligible for competition immediately.
"When my staff and I talked about what we wanted out of this class, there were three very important things we settled on," Achter said. "Our first class must be academically oriented, hard-nosed basketball players, who are proven winners. Almost a full year later, we are able to complete a five-player class that is just that. We are proud to add Alexis, Abby, and Ellie to our roster. They add immediate depth and size and their basketball skills will complement our two early signees, Katherine (Nolan) and Kailyn (Strawbridge). I am most proud that our five new players value their future educations as much as they value their future basketball careers. "
Portland, Ore. Westview
Alexis Meyer joins the Ramblers from Portland, Ore. The 5-foot-11 guard is coming off an impressive senior campaign at Westview High School that saw her average 11.2 points and 7.0 rebounds en route to helping lead the Wildcats and head coach Tiffany Behary to a fourth-straight berth in the Metro League playoffs. Meyer, who saw action on the club level for coach Lisa Griffith's FAST EYBL, rounded out her high school career with back-to-back All-Metro League selections. She also excelled in the classroom, earning All-Metro League Academic Team accolades following both her junior and senior seasons.
Achter on Alexis: "Alexis is the definition of hard-nosed. She has great size that is coupled with an unwavering competitiveness. I very much look forward to adding her intensity to our roster. She is a selfless teammate that takes pride in doing the little things and making her teammates better."
South Bend, Ind. Saint Joseph
Abby O'Connor arrives in Rogers Park following a successful stay at Saint Joseph High School in South Bend, Ind. O'Connor, a 6-0 guard/forward, was a two-time Northern Indiana All-Star under the direction of head coach Sydney Smallbone. As a senior, she earned Honorable Mention All-State honors to go along with a selection to the Northern Indiana Athletic Conference's (NIAC) Second Team as the Indians captured an Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 3A State Championship. O'Connor, who averaged a balanced 8.8 points and 6.6 rebounds during her high school career, starred on the club level with MBA Select for coach Becca Bruszewski.
Achter on Abby: "Abby is fresh off a fantastic senior year that concluded with a state championship. Talk about a proven winner! Abby has a fantastic basketball I. Q. and has had the fortune of being coached by four former division-1 women's basketball players. She will add more size and depth to our forward position, and she will also add some versatility as well."
Austin, Texas Regents School of Austin
A native of Austin, Texas, Ellie Rice brings an explosive offensive attack with her to Loyola. A 5-foot-10 guard, she closed her career at the Regents School of Austin with 1,649 career points. Rice, a McDonald's All-American nominee, averaged a team-high 20.7 points as a senior en route to being selected as a First Team All-State honoree for a second-straight season as she helped the Knights make their first appearance in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Final Four since 2001. She also earned All-State accolades from both the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA). Rice, who appeared with coach Brenton Christian's Texas Elite team on the club level, was a three-time selection to the TAPPS Academic All-State Team.
Achter on Ellie: "Ellie has one of the best motors I've seen in a while. She plays so hard, and that is one of the things we liked most about her. Couple that with a knack for scoring and sharing the basketball, and it becomes a pretty dangerous combination. I am looking forward to watching her compete in practice every day, as I know she will challenge her teammates to better themselves."