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The past two seasons, Georgetown College women's basketball has been a force inside the strong Mid-South Conference and made good runs in the NAIA national tournament.
Third-year coach Andrea McCloskey returns a lot of her scoring threats for the coming year, but with the 2013-14 recruiting class has added some inside depth with Emilie Ziese and Jenna Meyer.
"I am very pleased with the two incoming freshman's ability to work hard in the classroom and on the court," McCloskey said.
Ziese, from Rensselaer, Ind., averaged a double-double this past season and graduates as the all-time leading rebounder, 587, and all-time leading shot blocker, 138. Her 11.9 points and 10 rebounds per game helped Rensselaer Central High School to the Class 3A sectional title.
"She's going to be able to help inside with her strength and ability to rebound," McCloskey said. "She has great work ethic that makes her a great fit for Georgetown."
During her senior season, she also set single-season records for rebounds, 212, and blocks, 53, as well as a single-game record of 10 blocks.
"Emilie brings a warrior mentality to the game that is rare to see. She never gives up on a play," said high school coach Jeff Marlow. "She has one of the highest basketball-IQs that I have ever been around. She has a chess-player's mentality in that she is often two or three moves ahead of the game."
Ziese is four-time Hoosier All-Conference and two-time MVP. Hoosier Basketball Magazine named her Top 100 as a junior and Top 60 as a senior. Her junior year she was All-State second team and recently tried out for the Indiana Senior All-Star team that battles the Kentucky girls' all-stars in June.
"I love everything about it," said Ziese when asked why she chose Georgetown. "The team and coaches were everything and more for what I was wanting in a basketball program. Not only is the program great, but so is the college. The feeling of the college was not like any other I visited; the atmosphere is energetic, professional and fun. Georgetown College is the all-around complete package and nothing less."
Meyer averaged a double-double three of her four years playing varsity, increasing her average every year with a 19.8 ppg and 10.9 rpg senior-season. Her 1,261 points is third all-time at North Decatur High School in Greensburg, Ind.
"She's a solid combo player with the ability to rebound very well," McCloskey said. "Her positive and upbeat attitude will make a nice addition to our team."
She holds the rebounding record with 832 boards in four seasons.
She is a two-time Mid Hoosier All-Conference team member and three-time MVP. She played in the North/South All-Star game her junior and senior years.
Hoosier Basketball Magazine named her Top 100 her junior year and Top 60 her senior year. The same magazine named her preseason Top 40 this past year.
Meyer is a MAC award winner and two-time All-State honorable mention. The past two seasons she has played on the 1A/2A all-star team.
"Having been both a varsity boys' and girls' basketball coach, I have not coached a player who has more of a passion for the game of basketball than Jenna," said high school coach Brad Bryant. "She is a very special young lady. She is one of those unique players that all her teammates look up to."
Meyer appreciated the closeness and connections the team and Georgetown College made with her life during her visit.
"It represented what I wanted in life and 'Live. Learn. Believe.' is a great motto to set many goals upon and a motto to live by.
"I want to make a difference in the lives of many and at Georgetown I feel I can do that."