NEWBERRY — The Newberry College women’s basketball program has added two players for the roster for the 2013-14 season, head coach Sean Page announced.
Freshman Aaliyah Ramirez joins Newberry from Pius XI in Milwaukee, Wis., where she played for head coach Scott Herrick. In 2010 and 2011 Pius XI earned state appearances by winning the regional championship. Ramirez’s squad won conference championships each season from 2010-13.
Individually, Ramirez earned second team all-conference honors as a senior, while also leading the conference in 3-point shots made. Having earned her team’s MVP award, Ramirez was also voted one of the top five defenders in the state of Wisconsin.
“I am extremely excited that Aaliyah has decided to join our program,” Page said. “She brings tenacious defense and a proven ability to knock down shots. She has a great understanding of the game and will add depth, great defense and another scoring option to our backcourt.
Joining Ramirez is junior Kaitlynn Pacholke. A transfer from Sante Fe College, Pacholke played her high school basketball at Land O’Lakes High School and Freedom High School. Pacholke spent her high school career playing for her mother Laurie Pacholke and saw success early as she was an all-conference selection in 2008-09, while also serving as team captain.
At Freedom HS in 2009-10 she was first team all-conference and second team all-county. The 2010-11 season saw Pacholke named first team all-state, first team all-county, first team all-conference and team MVP. An Academic All-State nominee, Pacholke was a 2011 McDonalds All-American nominee.
Pacholke began her collegiate career at Jacksonville State, before playing the 2012-13 season at Santa Fe College, where she was SFC’s Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year.
“Kaitlynn possesses true point guard skills and natural leadership ability,” Page said.”She works extremely hard, has a tremendous understanding of the game and the potential to make everyone on the floor better. I expect she will have an immediate positive impact on the program.”
The two guard will join the Wolves, who are set to begin the year with an exhibition game at High Point on Nov. 9.