May 2, 2011
By Amanda Nutting
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo - The women's basketball team continues to add depth to its bench as its signs freshman Belgium native, Hanne Mestdagh, to its roster. The announcement was made Monday.
Mestdagh joins the CSU team after posing as the youngest player in Belgium's Division I League (Senior Women's League). Mestdagh currently attends St. Katelijne Waver Sports School in Redingenhof Leuven, Belgium, which is located near Brussels. A 5-10 senior, Mestdagh plays the guard/forward position for her club team. The team plays in Belgium's first division Women's League and finished in the runner-up spot this past season. The team qualified for the Euro League competition.
"We are very excited to have another Mestdagh join the CSU Women's Basketball program," commented Head Coach Kristen Holt. "Hanne is a versatile wing player that rebounds well and can shoot the three. She has significant experience at the international level which should help in her adjustment to college basketball in the United States."
In 2010, Mestdagh played on Belgium's National team under 17 and helped lead the team to a fourth-place finish in the World Championships.
Mestdagh has posted impressive numbers at her young age in such a refined league. Over the past two years, she has shot 30.0 percent from the three-point line, and 70.0 percent from the charity stripe. She also averages 7.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Mestdagh's family lives in Ieper, Belgium where her father serves as a club basketball coach and her mother works at a bank in Ieper. Mestdagh's older brother played Division I basketball at Eastern Kentucky, and her older sister currently attends CSU and plays on the women's basketball team.
In August, Mestdagh will be competing in the International Competition in Poland, and will be representing Belgium. Following the event, Mestdagh is scheduled to begin classes at CSU in the fall semester.