Late Latvian addition for IU women

While most of the sporting world is winding down with baseball or gearing up for football , the IU women’s basketball has snared another new recruit for the upcoming 2010-11 season.

Kristiana Stauere of Ogre, Latvia — the name of the city alone would just kill tourism — signed a tender with the Hoosiers on July 27 according to Latvian basketball site bkcentre.com. A tender is roughly the equivalent of the letter of intent, only you can’t sign letters of intent after the spring signing period ends.

Stauere is 1.94 meters tall, otherwise known as 6-foot-4 (4.37 inches to be exact). She played as a member of the Latvian U16 national team in the European Championships in 2008 and was on the U18 squad at the 2010 European Championships.

She had 11 points and 7 blocks in a game against Germany in 2008 and grabbed 13 rebounds that same year against Turkey.

This year, she averaged 5.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 block while playing 18 minutes per game in nine games for Latvia. She scored in double digits against Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic.

5 comments

  1. Smells like desperation. How much turnover will there be in this program before Coach Jack starts feeling some heat?

  2. It just doesn’t seem like there is any logic to their recruiting. I can’t tell who the leaders are on the court. It does seem like they are searching for an identity but haven’t yet done it. I think the key would be to stick with a core group of Hoosier girls who will work hard: think Cindy Valentine, Whitney Thomas, Jenny De Muth and add a few out-of-towners for help… I’m hoping for the best but fearing less is what we’re going to get… Latvia??

  3. take a look at the roster anchored by Davis and Elam with many kids back like Sinclair, Lindsay,Mcguirt and if the post players could stay healthy for once…this could be a GREAT year!

  4. this will be the year for the hoosier to move up to the big ten conference standing, lets support the lady, when they do well i will return to post another comment.

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