The Starting Five -- Women's Basketball Freshmen Post Players 11-12-2013
#15 Jade Scaife
Position: Forward
Height: 5'11"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Fort Washington, Md.
High School: Archbishop Spalding

High School: Played in the National High School Invitational this past April at Georgetown Prep ... Played two years at Bishop McNamara before transferring to Archbiship Spalding and finished her career with more than 1,000 points and more than 1,000 rebounds ... Led the Cavaliers to a 29-2 record and the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship her senior season, earning her Baltimore Sun Player of the Year honors ... Averaged 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and produced 18 double-doubles ... Scored 28 points and corralled 18 rebounds in a double-overtime win, 70-57, over nationally-ranked Riverdale Baptist ... In a 55-46 victory over No. 3 McDonogh in the A Conference title game, Scaife scored 12 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter ... Averaged 10 points, nine rebounds and four steals per game her junior season and was named first team all-county by the Anne Arundel County Capital Gazette as well as earning first-team all-tournament honors at the Bishop Walsh Invitational ... Was an honorable mention designation by the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun ... Played her AAU basketball for head coach Keith Chestnut with the Alana Beard's Future program.

Coach Palmer on Scaife: "Jade was very heavily recruited by many schools and for good reason. I think she has the upside and versatility to be an impact in the post and on the perimeter. She plays at an intense, physical level that will fit in well. Jade is determined to be an impact player and eager to maximize her potential.

#22 India Timpton
Position: Forward
Height: 5'11"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Myers Park

High School: Tallied 8.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game her senior season, leading Myers Park to a 29-1 record and the regular season and conference tournament championships ... Mustangs were ranked No. 22 nationally in the preseason USA Today Super 25 Poll ... Helped Myers Park to a pair of North Carolina 4A state tournament victories ... Averaged 5.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game her junior campaign, earning all-conference and all-state tournament accolades ...Playing for head coach Barb Nelson, has served as a team captain, leading the Mustangs to 95 wins in four seasons ... Student Government Association representative for her class and played her AAU basketball for two programs – the Carolina Express (headcoach Ulysses Hardy) and Boo Williams (head coaches Nadine Domond and Morris Smith).

Coach Palmer on Timpton: "India hails from one of the most elite High School programs in the state. She has the ability to impact the game in all statistical categories, but also with the intangibles. India possesses leadership and communication skills that enable her to hold a team together on the court and bring them together off the court."


#44 Mariah Wilson
Position: Center
Height: 6'2"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
High School: North Atlanta

High School: As a senior and team captain at North Atlanta High School, Wilson averaged 14.2 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks per game – earning second-team All-6A region accolades ... Also garnered All-Metro honorable mention honors from the Atlanta Journal Constitution ... Came through with one of her best performances of the season in North Atlanta's 51-36 victory over cross-town rival Grady Dec. 8, scoring 13 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and blocking eight shots ... Played for the Georgia Pearls AAU program coached by Bernard Jones. 

Coach Palmer on Wilson: "Mariah is a very impressive young lady on and off the court. With her size and length, she is able to alter many shots, rebound and really serve as a presence in the paint. Offensively, I love her aggressiveness and eagerness to learn and improve as a post player. Mariah had a very strong senior season and I think her best basketball is still ahead of her. She has a strong work ethic and level of humility that will allow her to really impact our women's basketball program. We are thrilled to add such a quality member to our family during the spring signing period."

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