PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University women's basketball will welcome six incoming freshmen to the program for the 2018-19 season as part of the Bears' Class of 2022, Brown head coach Sarah Behn announced on Thursday.
The Bears' Class of 2022 ranges across the continental United States with two student-athletes from the state of Arizona, two from Massachusetts, and one each from California and New York. The class represents a combination of backcourt and frontcourt players and a variety of AAU programs.
The group includes forward/center Elle Baker (Scottsdale, Ariz.), guard Traiva Breedlove (Rochester, N.Y.), forward Ashley Ducharme (Milton, Mass.), guard/forward Alana Kelley (Phoenix, Ariz.), guard Nina Mehta (San Francisco, Calif.), and guard Maddie Mullin (Wellesley, Mass.).
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
High School: Saguaro
AAU Team: Jump Athletic
Prep Accolades: Earned First Team All-Region honors in 2017 and 2018 … Gained Second Team All-Region in 2016 … Performed as a candidate for Team USA in 2016 … Finished career second on Saguaro's all-time rebounds and blocks lists … Won team's Most Valuable Player award as a junior and senior … Gained Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 … Recorded 20.3 points, 15.3 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks per game as a senior … Averaged 12.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks per game as a junior … Played for head coach Chris Young … Competed on the AAU level for Jump Athletic … Finished in top-10 percent of class.
Why Brown? "I chose Brown for its excellent academic environment and its accepting and diverse student body."
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
High School: Our Lady of Mercy
AAU Teams: FullCourt Hoops; Albany City Rocks
Prep Accolades: Earned Section V MVP honors twice … Gained Section V All-Star accolades … Garnered All-Greater Rochester Team laurels three times … Claimed Private Parochial MVP honors in 2018 and Private Parochial All-Star status in 2017 … Collected State Tournament All-Star plaudits twice … Earned Ronald McDonald All-Star and New York State Miss Basketball Nominee accolades … Won two Section V titles and two Far West Regional Championships … Led team to state semifinals twice … Scored over 1,000 career points … Averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior … Tallied 17 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as a junior … Competed on the AAU level for FullCourt Hoops and Albany City Rocks … National Honor Society and high honor roll student … Served on school's President's Cabinet.
Why Brown? "I chose to attend Brown because I knew that it was where I was meant to end up. Everyone talks about the feeling that people get when they step on a campus and just get the feeling that they were supposed to be there. That is how Brown was for me. Brown's coaches were passionate about winning an Ivy League title, which was something that I wanted too, and they allowed their players the freedom to express themselves and guide their own lives in the direction that they wanted to. Not only this, but they placed great emphasis on education as well as basketball, and so did each of the players. The environment at Brown is one of acceptance and community, something I really admired and could not say no to."
Hometown: Milton, Mass.
High School: Noble and Greenough School
AAU Team: MCW Starz
Prep Accolades: Earned Second Team All-New England as a junior … Helped lead team to three Independent School League titles and four New England Class A/AA championships … Served Nobles as a senior captain … Started for three seasons … Won team's Nickerson Award for courage and Seadale Cup for team impact … Played for head coach Alex Gallagher … Also played volleyball, acting as a team captain … Competed on the AAU level for MCW Starz … Graduated with Distinction and served as a school Prefect.
Why Brown? "From what I can see, Brown is made up of students with a variety of interests and backgrounds, and yet they all connect to Brown. I also love the freedom of the open curriculum. I'm interested in a lot of different areas, and I'm excited to be able to study a variety of them. Basketball has been a huge part of my life since I can remember. I was drawn to the basketball program here. I come from a successful high school program that has always emphasized the notion of "family," and I feel the same sense of family with the Brown team. The coaches and players were amazing throughout the entire recruiting process. You can instantly feel the passion, love, and work ethic that the whole program brings every day."
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Desert Mountain
AAU Teams: Arizona Elite; Arizona Select; Arizona Mavericks; Jump Athletic
Prep Accolades: Earned First Team All-Region accolades … Won Most Valuable Player honors at the All-State All-Star Game as a senior … Gained team's Most Valuable Player award in 2017-18 … Posted 16.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a senior … Averaged a double-double on 13.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore … Played for coaches Alicia Sanchez and Stephen Moss … Competed on the AAU level for Arizona Elite, Arizona Select, Arizona Mavericks, and Jump Athletic … National Honor Society member.
Why Brown? "I chose Brown because of the many opportunities Brown has to offer in all categories. Not only is Brown great academically, but also excels in sports, playing at the highest level. Choosing Brown gives me the opportunity of having the best of both worlds in sports and in life."
Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.
High School: International
AAU Teams: Bay City Basketball; SF Spirit
Prep Accolades: Earned Bay Counties League Central Player of the Year honors … Gained Bay Counties League West First Team accolades; collected all-league honors every year … Garnered San Francisco All-City plaudits … Led team to North Coast Section Finals and Northern California State Finals … Scored over 1,000 career points … Averaged 20.6 points per game as a junior … Won International's Outstanding Female Athlete and Most Valuable Player awards … Played for head coach Dannika Navales-Lugtu … Competed on the AAU level for Bay City Basketball and SF Spirit … High honor roll student.
Why Brown? "I chose Brown because I loved the idea of its flexible, open curriculum, allowing me to delve straight into learning and soaking in the knowledge of the subjects I love and want to pursue. I also chose it because of its diversity and its people, and the ability it gave me to pursue my dream of playing basketball at a high competitive level, while also receiving one of the best educations possible."
Hometown: Wellesley, Mass.
High School: Beaver Country Day School
AAU Team: Bay State Jaguars
Prep Accolades: Finished her career as Beaver Country Day's all-time leading scorer with 2,142 career points … Garnered Boston Globe All-Scholastic and Boston Herald All-Scholastic … Selected as a McDonald's All-American Nominee … Earned Eastern Independent League MVP honors … Gained New England Prep School First Team All-Star accolades … Earned First Team All-State honors from USA Today … Averaged 29 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and five steals per game as a senior … Served Beaver as a two-year captain … Played for head coach Vince Johnson … Competed on the AAU level for Bay State Jaguars and head coach Sam Doner … Also played soccer for head coach Alex Gould … Honor roll student.
Why Brown? "I chose Brown because the open curriculum will give me the opportunity to explore new fields of study and design my own education. I am excited to be part of a competitive basketball program, led by Coach Behn, and to play with a great group of women. At Brown I hope for the perfect balance of athletics and academics, allowing me to be a true student-athlete."