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    USD Women's Basketball: Coyotes sign four

    VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota women’s basketball head coach Amy Williams is pleased to announce the signing of Allison Arens, Megan Bonar, Jaycee Bradley and Madeline Homoly to National Letters of Intent. All four athletes will enroll at and compete for South Dakota in the fall of 2015.

    “We are really excited about the class as a whole,” said Williams. “All of them are ready to be Yotes. They have that mentality where they are prime to have a great senior year, but are also chomping at the bit to get up here and be a part of our program. We feel it is an outstanding recruiting class that can come in and make an immediate impact for us after we lose a couple of key players to graduation at the end of this year.”

    A native of Crofton, Neb., Arens will join her older sister, Bridget, a current sophomore on the Coyote basketball team. Arens and the Crofton Warriors captured three consecutive Nebraska state basketball championships. The 5-foot-9-inch point guard was named all-conference and all-state in basketball. Arens has also excelled in volleyball and track, leading the Warriors to two state volleyball tournament appearances and a 2014 Nebraska Class C track and field championship title. She is also involved in National Honor Society, Student Council and FFA.

    “We are excited to add someone of Allison’s caliber into our program, because she has a winner’s mentality,” said Williams. “She has won about every championship she has competed in, including the last three state championships in basketball. We could not be more excited to be adding another Arens into the program, as she will bring a lot of talent to our guard position.”

    Bonar played for her father, Jim Bonar, at De Soto High School in Gardner, Kan. During three seasons as a varsity letterwinner, she accumulated 908 points, 424 rebounds, 176 steals and 199 blocked shots. She earned first-team all-Frontier League and the Lawrence Journal-World’s all-area honors for each of the past three years. The 6-foot-1-inch forward secured second-team all-state honors as a junior. She was also an academic letterwinner at De Soto.

    “Megan was the first player in this recruiting class to commit to us,” said Williams. “She is a talented and versatile player coming in from Kansas. She has a high basketball IQ after playing high school basketball for her father. We are anxious to get her here and watch her adjust to the college game. We are excited for the versatility that she will bring to our back court.”

    Hailing from Norfolk, Neb., Bradley is a two-time all-state and academic all-conference honoree for the Panthers. As a junior, Bradley led Nebraska in free-throw percentage (89 percent) and was the third-leading scorer in Class A, averaging 18.9 points per game. She also averaged 6.3 rebounds per game last season. The 5-foot-10-inch guard holds the Norfolk High record for career points at 1,048, besting the previous record by 325 in three seasons. Bradley played on the All-Iowa Attack club team for four seasons, highlighted by a Sweet 16 finish in the Nike national tournament this past summer. She is also involved in National Honor Society and volleyball.

    “Jaycee has been one I have had my eye on for a couple of years now,” said Williams. “We were fortunate enough to have her come up for a few games in her sophomore year and we identified her early as our top two-guard recruit. It was a real celebration for our staff when she made her verbal commitment, knowing she was the one we were gunning for. She is a tremendous shooter, has played in one of the best AAU programs in the country and played with and against some of the country’s best talent. She is ready to step in and contribute right away to the program.”

    A 6-foot-2-inch forward from Kansas City, Mo., Homoly spent two seasons at Park Hill South High School before transferring to Bishop Miege as a junior. After transferring, Homoly led the Bishop Miege Stags to a Kansas state championship and a 22-3 record. She was also named to the 2014 first-team all-tournament team after averaging 14.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game during the Kansas state tournament. Homoly earned all-conference and all-district honors as a freshman and sophomore at Park Hill South. She was also a three-year letterwinner in cross country, two-year letterwinner in track and a member of the National Honor Society.

    “I am thrilled about Madeline because she matches our team perfectly, being a hard worker with relentless pursuit,” said Williams. “She does not give up and plays hard all of the time, which fits in with our current players in the program. We are excited to have Madeline in the forward position for us. She brings a lot of versatility in the post. We believe she has the capability to stretch defenses, but she is also aggressive off the dribble and can attack around the basket.”

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