Emmitsburg, Md. (June 26, 2015) – Two freshmen will join the Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball team in 2015-16 as ninth-year head coach Bryan Whitten announced the signing of Juliette Lawless (Mahopac, N.Y./Pomfret School (Conn.)) and Kate Kuster (Bayville, N.J./Central Regional) to National Letters of Intent.
A native of Mahopac, N.Y., Lawless was a two-year captain for Pomfret School in Connecticut. The 5-9 guard was named a New England Preparatory School Athletic Council All-Star as a sophomore, junior and senior and earned All-Bulletin honors from the Norwich Bulletin three times.
Lawless helped lead her team to the NEPSAC B Championship as a senior after runner-up finishes as a sophomore and junior. Individually, Lawless averaged 15 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game as a senior and 11.8 points, 4.9 boards and 2.8 assists per game throughout her high school career.
"We are really excited that Juliette will be joining us at the Mount," Whitten said. "She is a combo guard out of New York that played high school ball in Connecticut and played for a very good AAU program, New Heights NYC. Juliette has good quickness, is good in transition and can get to the rim. Her versatility will help us as she can run the team or play off the ball. Defensively, she anticipates well, and she rebounds both ends of the floor well. Her work ethic and eagerness to learn, I feel, will help her adjust to the college game quickly."
Kuster makes her way to Emmitsburg following a standout career at Central Regional High School in Bayville, N.J., where she finished third in school history with 1,110 career points. A three-time captain, Kuster broke school records for career three pointers (211), three pointers in a season (83) and three pointers in a game (9). She also finished second in school history for points in a game (41) and in a season (438).
Kuster, a 6-0 forward, guided Central Regional to two B-South Championships and earned a trip to the State Semifinals in New Jersey in 2013-14. As a two-sport athlete, Kuster also excelled on the volleyball court, breaking the school's single-season kills record with 161 in 2014.
"Kate was a player quite a few schools inquired about the more they saw her play," Whitten commented. "We are fortunate Kate verballed fairly early. She is a big, mobile wing player who will play our Face 4 position. She shoots the ball well from the three and has good range. She rebounds well, and is a very versatile defender, guarding anyone from the 1-5. I think Kate's best days are ahead of her as she continues to play against strong competition and develop her game. We are excited about what she can bring to our program."
The Mountaineers graduated Jacqueline Brewer (13.9 ppg) and Jenn Carney (11.4 ppg), who were the team's top two scorers a year ago. Coming off last season's trip to the Northeast Conference Quarterfinals, the Mount returns three starters in Jody Chickey (6.2 ppg/3.0 apg), Sarafina Arthur-Williams (7.7 ppg/6.8 rpg) and Jessica Harris (6.8 ppg/3.9 rpg).
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