WHITTIER, Calif. – Whittier College Head Women's Basketball Coach Roy Dow revealed his 2018-19 recruiting class Monday, consisting of three freshmen and a transfer.
Sydney Mendoza-Beck, 5'8" (Guard)
Sydney was a 4-year varsity player for Moreau Catholic (Hayward). She led her team into the CIF State tournament in consecutive seasons. Sydney was the most valuable player of 3 in-season tournaments on 3 occasions as well as MVP of her team in her junior and senior season respectively. She was selected to the Mission League 1st Team as a sophomore, junior and senior. Her senior season she averaged 12 points per game, shooting 47% from the floor. She also played for the highly-regarded Cal Stars travel basketball program during the 2017 summer travel ball season.
"Coach Dow welcomed me immediately. His portrayal of the school and the team as a family environment was a big part of my choice. I'm looking forward to investing my time into the sociology and psychology departments as well as playing basketball at a high level."
Allison Lou, 5'10 (Wing)
Allison was a 4-year varsity starter for Rosary Academy (Fullerton) in the Trinity League. As a freshman she was selected to the 2nd team of the Trinity League. She was also named to the CIF-Southern Section 2nd team as a freshman. Her team advanced into the CIF-Southern Section Tournament every season and in her junior year Rosary won a CIF State Championship. Allison was a 4-year year scholar athlete at Rosary.
"I chose Whittier because it is a college where I am able to be pushed academically and athletically. I am grateful to be able to attend Whittier with the opportunity to play basketball and earn a degree from a college that holds high values."
Shaeleigh Wright, 5'11" (Wing)
Shae was a 2-year varsity performer for Long Beach Millikan. Her senior season she scored 14 points per game on 50% shooting with 9 rebounds per game. Her junior season Millikan advanced into the Open Division of the CIF State Tournament while advancing into the CIF-Southern Sectionals as a senior. She was named to the Press-Telegram 1st team of the Dream Team. Shae was a 4-year scholar-athlete at Millikan.
"Whittier was the type of school I wanted to attend: small class sizes, I would know my professors and they would know me. My future teammates were very helpful. They welcomed me immediately and made me feel comfortable."
Laura Stroud, 5'10" (Forward/Guard)
Laura arrives at Whittier after spending her inaugural college season at Lake Superior State (MI). She was a 1,000-point scorer for Ann Arbor-Pioneer High School and averaged 14.8 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior in 2016-17. She was a four-time All-Southeastern Conference honoree, and two-time Class A all-region and MLive Ann Arbor News Dream Team Honorable Mention selection. Laura was also named to the conference all-academic team all four years.
"I chose Whittier because it is a great school academically and competitive athletically. The team has a strong culture and I am excited to contribute to the continued success of the program."