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Zags women land 3 in basketball

Gonzaga University signed three players to national letters of intent for women’s basketball, including North Idaho College point guard Georgia Stirton.

Stirton was named second team junior college All-America by the NJCAA last season and was the Region 18 Player of the Year, averaging 8.8 points, 3.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

Lexi Bando, a 5-8 guard from Willamette High School in Eugene, Ore.; and Jill Barta, a 6-3 forward from Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Mont., also signed.

“This is a terrific recruiting class, with some definite impact players who could become some of the all-time great Zags,” said coach Kelly Graves.

Bando, a 5-8 guard, is considered one of the best combo guards in the country by most scouting services. A 2013-14 McDonald’s All-America nominee, Bando was a 5-A all-state player, averaging 23 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.0 steals, and 4.0 assists per game.

Barta, a 6-3 forward, is one of the most decorated players in Montana history. Through three years as a varsity starter, she is 78-0 with three state championships. 

As an all-state player she averaged 17.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 3.8 steals per game.

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