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Zags women land 3 in basketball

Tue., Nov. 19, 2013

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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