Women's Basketball Program Signs Three Recruits | The Official Site of BYU Athletics

Women's Basketball Program Signs Three Recruits

Channell Rose, Julie Whetten and Maria Goldsmith have signed letters of intent to play for BYU's women's basketball program, beginning the 2000-01 season.

Rose, a 6-0 sophomore forward, from Orem, Utah, joins the team after one year at UVSC. In her first college season, she averaged 10 points a game, 6.8 rebounds and 3.8 rebounds and was named to the All Tournament Team in the SWAC. Her high school accomplishments at Provo H.S. included being a a three-time All-Region selection in basketball, an All-State selection three years in a row, and was recognized as one of Frank Layden's Terrific Twelve. She also lettered in volleyball, softball and track and she's the daughter of Dave Rose, a BYU assistant coach on the men's basketball team.

Whetten comes to BYU from Silver City, New Mexico where she was the 1999-00 USA Today Player of the Year in New Mexico. The 5-8 guard at Silver City H.S., finished her high school career averaging 30 points a game, 9.2 rebounds and 6.0. She's been an all-conference team honoree since the eight grade. During her senior year, she was named all-conference and all-state. She's also a two-time New Mexico Dream Team Best Five Players honoree.

A 5-9 junior guard from New Zealand, rounds out the three signees for the BYU women. Maria Goldsmith is a JC transfer from Casper College, in Casper, Wyoming where she was a two-time All Region, all-conference team player. Goldsmith was the 1999-00 WCCAC Conference Player of the Year and the NJCAA, Region IX Player of the Year. Her sophomore year, she averaged 15.1 points, 3.58 assists and 2.58 steals a game.

"We're excited to have these outstanding players join our program," said Trent Shippen, BYU head coach. "We will add a lot of depth to our guard area, after losing four players to graduation. These student-athletes are strong, competitive individuals who also bring great academic credentials as well," added Shippen.

Freshman redshirt Heather Chessman, from Orem, Utah an Kaly Gillette, a senior transfer from San Diego State will also be on next season's BYU roster.