Women's basketball reloads with massive recruiting class

Women's basketball reloads with massive recruiting class

UC Santa Cruz Women's Basketball team is excited to introduce our class of 2022.  

Having just completed another strong season competing against the country's best Division III teams, the squad adds significant depth and talent to the strong core of returners.  

"We are excited about the experience and skill our returners bring back next season. We just needed some additional depth, and this talented group of incoming freshman bring that and more,"  said Head Coach Todd Kent. 

The class of 2022 not only shows their talent on the court but also in the classroom as three of the seven incoming freshmen were Valedictorian of their respective schools. 

"We are beyond excited. Coach Sarah Anderson did a tremendous job recruiting this past year. We can hardly wait to welcome them onto campus this Spring and get the season going on October 15th,"  stated Coach Kent.


Maddie Brauer - Aliso Niguel HS
A four-year starter for the Wolverines, Brauer led team to South Coast Conference title 3 years and averaged 12.2 points and 4.9 assists per game her senior year.

Valedictorian, 3-year Team Captain, 3-year South Coast Conference 1st Team/Conference MVP Senior Season
2-time All-County, Holds HS assist record for Career, Season and single game

"Maddie brings a pass-first mentality to the PG position," coach Kent says. "A tremendous leader and competitor and will do great things for our program."

"She has helped establish a new culture at Aliso Niguel by working hard both on and off the court and I could not be more proud or excited for her!" - ANHS Coach Lindsey Sundin.


Savannah Henson - Brookside Christian

Was a Three-year starter for Brookside Christian in Stockton. Savannah averaged 13.5 points a game her senior year. Made Division VI CIF Playoffs as a junior averaging 16.5 points in spite of the shorthanded Knights being without a bench player in many games.

Valedictorian, All-League her junior season, Senior year Student-Athlete award.

Todd Kent: "Savannah is a tremendous shooter and even better competitor.  She is a versatile defender that can guard  positions one through three. One of those players coaches dream about having in their program as she excels in everything she does, including the classroom."


Amanda Inserra - Mountain View St. Francis 

Averaged WCAL-best 11 rebounds as Lancers made State Div. I playoffs. Averaged 15.0 boards in four playoff games. 4-year Scholar Athlete with High Honors Award

Todd Kent: "Amanda is fierce offensive rebounder who simply makes those around her better. She always seems to be doing the hard work that doesn't always show up in the stat line, but is vital in building a championship program." 





Ashley Kowack -  Santa Fe Christian

2018 Cal-High Sports 2nd team All-State Division II
2018 All CIF and All-Conference.

National Honor Society, Honor Roll, California Scholarship Federation.

Ashley averaged 22.4 points, 5.5 rebounds 2.8 assists and 2.7 blocks per game, helping lead the Eagles to the CIF Playoffs.

Todd Kent- "Ashley brings speed, athleticism and tenacity to our program.  She can score in a number of ways both inside and out and is a fierce competitor.  We are very excited to have the opportunity to coach her the next four years! "


Emily Mitchell - Granada Hills Charter HS
Four-year varsity player, averaged 10.0 points 4.7 assists and 2.1 steals a game as a senior as Granada Hills made it to CIF Southern Section playoffs. Made 68 three-point shots while shooting 75% from the foul line.

2018 Daily News All-Area Player of the Year. 3-time 1st Team All-City.
Academic honors include: Valedictorian,  Member of National Honors Society,California Scholarship Federation and Dean's High Honor Roll all 4 years,  AEIOU Italian Scholarship recipient. 

Todd Kent:"Emily is the type of player coaches dream of working with.  Tremendous leader both on and off the court and a 'never quit' attitude."

"Emily is one of the most outstanding scholar-athletes I have had the privilege of coaching! She has tremendous work ethic and leads by example on a daily basis in all areas of her life. The GHC girls basketball program reached new heights and set many records in Emily's four years, with her being the catalyst to the achievements."
-GHC Coach Jared Honig


Kaylee Murphy - Eureka HS
Led the Loggers with per game averages of 13.9 points 10.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists shooting over 50% from the field and 70% from the foul line. School record 26 wins as Eureka made NorCal Division II Semifinals.
Time Standard First Team All-Star, Team Captain Junior and Senior Year, Ranked in the top 10 in her class academically.  


Todd Kent:"Kaylee is a double double machine. Her versatility brings depth to our already solid post game."
"Kaylee has a knack at finding the ball when rebounding.She sees the floor well, makes good decisions and has expanded her shooting range this year to 18+ feet"
-Eureka coach Cliff Napoleon.


Aubrey Wagner - Campolindo
Averaged 9.1 points on just under 50% field goal shooting, 6.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists her junior year, leading Cougars to state Division III runners-up finish. Was three-time All-League and two-time All-Section her career.

Todd Kent: "Aubrey is an aggressive point guard with an aggressive mentality on both ends of the court.  She is versatile as she can guard both on the perimeter and inside.  She can not only distribute but create shots for herself."