Fort Collins, Colo. - Head Coach Chris Denker announced Wednesday afternoon the Colorado State women’s basketball team had three players sign a National Letter of Intent for the 2005-06 season.
Jacque Machesney - 5’8” - G
Will graduate from Strasburg High School in 2005…earned four varsity letters in basketball and three in volleyball for the Indians...named 2004 Class 2A Ms. Basketball and state tournament MVP…selected to play in the Denver Nuggets Show IV game... Led the state in scoring in 2003-2004…earned All-State honors in basketball in 2002-2003 as well as honorable mention for volleyball in 2003 and was given honorable mention All-State volleyball in 2002…led the Indians to regional, district and state championships in basketball in 2004 and volleyball in 2002 and 2003…team captain of basketball team in 2003 and 2004 and of the volleyball team in 2004…played for the Boulder Rockies and Centennial Raptors club teams…high school basketball coach is Merci Ames
Personal – Born Aug. 9, 1987 in Denver, Colo.…one of three children of Chris and Teresa Goodwin...siblings are Melissa Goodwin Arias, 23, and Ricky Machesney, 15.
Naomi Bancroft - 5’8” - G
Will graduate from Hi-Plains High School in Seibert, Colo. in 2005…earned varsity letters in both volleyball and basketball for the Patriots…led the team to YWKC League Championships in basketball in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and in volleyball in 2002 and 2003 as well as a State Championship in volleyball in 2003…named 1A Denver Post Player of the Year in basketball and volleyball in 2003 and 2004 as well as 1A Rocky Mountain News Player of the Year in basketball in 2004…earned YWKC All-Conference honors 2002-2004 in basketball and in 2003 in volleyball… selected to play in the Denver Nuggets Show IV All-Star Game in 2004…named to the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News All-Tournament Teams in volleyball in 2003…named Rocky Mountain News Most Valuable Player of the State Volleyball Tournament in 2003…high school basketball coach is Kerry Sayles
Personal – Born June 29, 1986 in Burlington, Colo….one of three children of Jay and Charlayne Bancroft…brothers are Kyle, 17, and Evan, 14.
“Jacque and Naomi are very similar athletes. They both can put the ball on the floor and score. Naomi was the Colorado 1A Player of the Year and Jacque was the 2A Player of the Year. Adding both of these players will give us some depth at guard. Naomi is very creative in the open court and an outstanding passer. Her athleticism and deep range will make her very difficult to defend. Jacque is extremely smart and head-skilled. She can really shoot it and is also a nice defender.” - Chris Denker
Ashley Samuelson - 6’0” - F
Will graduate from Underwood High School in Underwood, Minn. in 2005…earned varsity letters in both basketball and volleyball for the Rockets…led the team to the State Championship in 2004, where they were runner-up…named AAU All-America in 2004…earned All-Conference in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004…named conference MVP in 2003 and 2004…lead the Rockets in rebounds in 2002, 2003, and 2004…lead the Rockets in assists in 2002, 2003 and 2004… named the Rockets defensive MVP in 2002, 2003 and 2004…named to All-State Associated Press and Coaches poll in 2004…selected Fargo Forum player of the year in 2004…high school basketball coach is Brian Hovland
Personal – Born February 27, 1987 in Fergus Falls, Minn.…one of three children of Gary and Susan Samuelson…sister is Jesse, 19, and brother is Luke, 16.
“Ashley is an extremely talented player who has the ability to distribute the ball, score inside or shoot from the perimeter. She is an athlete that can play both the guard and small forward positions. Ashley is also physical defender and rebounder who possesses excellent size and strength.” - Chris Denker