Dec. 8, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Basketball Coach Natasha Adair announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2016-17 season. The team will lose five players to graduation in Adair's third season on the Hilltop, and will look to add a number of quality student-athletes to the roster.
"This class brings in the next level of competitiveness and toughness," said Adair. "They epitomize the culture of Georgetown women's basketball, hard work and toughness."
The guards include Autumn Baumgartner from Eugene, Ore., where she attends Sheldon High School after transferring from Willamette High School. Last season, she was all-league and honorable mention all-state averaging 19.5 ppg.
"Autumn is a competitor who will give us more scoring on the perimeter. She's no stranger to double-digit points a night and up-tempo play. We're looking forward to a high-volume scorer with a competitive edge," said Adair.
A local product out of Upper Marlboro, Md., Morgan Smith transferred to Riverdale Baptist after spending three seasons at Bishop McNamara. At McNamara, she was a two-time All-WCAC honoree, and named Third Team Washington Post All-Met as a junior.
"Morgan is a hybrid player, a perimeter forward that can stretch the defense. She brings athleticism, energy and toughness night in and night out," said Adair.
Down low, forward Cynthia Petke will be coming to the Hilltop from Chipola College in Marinanna, Fla. The Yaounde, Cameroon native is currently averging 11.6 ppg and 10.7 rpg for the Indians 10 games into the 2015-16 season. She will be eligible immediately.
"Cynthia will be a scoring presence inside and, coming from junior college, she'll have that experience and maturity to step right in and make a difference on both ends of the floor. She is committed to defense, and can create off the dribble making her a versatile player," commented Adair.
Olivia Ramil from Binghamton, N.Y., will be joining her older sister Jodi-Marie Ramil in the paint. Olivia Ramil currently attends Binghamton High School. She is ranked No. 15 in the country at her position according to ESPN.com.
"Olivia comes to Georgetown with the same toughness and work ethic as Jodi-Marie. She's tough as nails, competitive around the basket and a hard-nosed defender inside," said Adair.
Along with the four newcomers, Wake Forest transfer Mykia Jones (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) will be eligible for 2016-17 to bolster the roster.
Georgetown will host the University of Delaware on Thursday at McDonough Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Ryan Sakamoto and Chris Hayes will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.