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Women's Basketball Signs Five to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 14, 2000

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State head women's basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie has announced that five student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Michigan State and play basketball for the Spartans in 2001-02. This is the first recruiting class for MSU first-year head coach Joanne P. McCallie and her staff.

The signees include: Cortne Ellis (Oak Park, Mich./Oak Park HS), Kristin Haynie (Mason, Mich./Mason HS), Joy Johnson (Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar HS), Lindsey Pasquinzo (Shelby Township, Mich./Utica HS) and Kelli Roehrig (Papillion, Neb./Papillion-Lavista HS.

"I'm very excited about this class," said McCallie. "I appreciate the effort of my coaching staff - Felisha Legette-Jack, Katie Abrahamson and Janel Grimm - since it was a collective effort. The staff did an amazing job of identifying the student-athletes and quickly filling our needs. This group reflects the intensity and commitment to make this program special."

Cortne Ellis, Guard/Forward, 5-9, Oak Park, Mich./Oak Park HS -- Nike All-American ... adidas All-American ... averaged 23 points and 4.5 rebounds as a senior ... also shot 53 percent from the field and 38 percent from the three-point line ... all-conference, all-district, all-region and all-state .... ranked 53rd by Blue-Star Report Top 100 Seniors ... No. 19 in All-Star Girls Report Top 150.

Coach P on Ellis: "Cortne is a talented athlete with great range and intensity. One of her strongest attributes is her willingness to learn and get better. She is motivated to be one of the top players in Division I. I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with her."

Kristin Haynie, Guard, 5-6, Mason, Mich./Mason HS -- averaged 20 points, nine rebounds, eight steals and seven assists as a senior ... connected on almost 50 percent of three-point field goals ... scored 39 points in playoff game against Saginaw Arthur Hill ... averaged 16 points, four rebounds, five assists and six steals as a junior ... all-conference, all-district, all-region and all-state ... also plays soccer.

Coach P on Haynie: "Kristin is an incredibly talented and unselfish player. She has tremendous passing skills and a smooth outside shot. She is an extremely versatile player and will be able to play both the 1 and 2 position for us."

Joy Johnson, Forward, 6-1, Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar HS -- ranked 65th by All-Star Girls Report ... averaged 14.8 points and 10.9 rebounds as a junior ... all-city, all-league, all-area and all-district honors ... AAU team, All-Ohio Red, finished third in Under-17 division of the AAU national tournament last summer ... averaged 9.6 points and 9.0 rebounds as a sophomore ... school's homecoming queen.

Coach P on Johnson: "Joy is a gifted leader with great spirit and determination. She is an intense player with tremendous athletic abilities. She is very versatile, playing the 3 and 4 position, and without a question will help our program right away."

Lindsey Pasquinzo, Guard, 5-11, Shelby Township/Utica HS -- averaged 18.1 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a senior ... member of Utica's Class A state championship team in 1999 ... teammate of MSU freshman Julie Pagel at Utica ... all-Macomb and All-East honorable mention as a junior after averaging 12 points and five rebounds ... all-county, all-district and team MVP in soccer in 1999.

Coach P on Pasquinzo: "Lindsey is a great competitor. She is very focused and is one of the best three-point shooters in the state. Our staff enjoyed her competitive spirit and work ethic. She joins former Utica High teammate Julie Pagel on the MSU roster."

Kelli Roehrig, Center, 6-4, Papillion, Neb./Papillion-Lavista HS -- team's leading scorer (16 ppg) and rebounder (10.1 rpg) as a junior ... ranked 136th on All-Star Girls Report Top 150 ... earned All-Nebraska second-team and Class A first-team honors ... also lettered in volleyball, leading high school to 23-6 record and No. 1 ranking in state (2000) ... father played basketball professionally in Sweden.

Coach P on Roehrig: "Kelli is physically strong, but has a soft touch for a big girl. She brings great spirit and a willingness to work hard. She could be a dominant force inside with her volleyball skills and has the ability to be a talented shot blocker."



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