New women’s basketball coach Kamie Ethridge had to hit the ground running as she was hired right before the spring signing period for new recruits. This week she announced the signings of two exciting new Cougars who come from across the world. Shir Levy and Ula Motuga have played on national teams and have already faced a high level of competition. They will arrive in the Pac-12 battle tested.
Levy is 5-foot-9 small forward from Israel who has just completed her mandatory military service. Levy most recently competed for the Isreali U-20 team. She also has spent three years in the Isreali League First Division. Here is what Etheridge had to say about Levy.
“Shir is a dynamic wing player that has tremendous perimeter skills,” continued Ethridge. “We love her ability to shoot the three and slash to the basket. Her size and length will be great assets in the Pac-12. Shir, will come to WSU with a mature game since she has completed her military duty for Israel while playing in their top Division of basketball.”
Motuga is 6 foot combo forward who plays on the Logan Thunder basketball club and has spent time with the Australian U-18 team. She averaged 8 points and 8 rebounds in the U-18 national tournament in Australia. Logan Thunder’s basketball operations manager told the Courier Mail that Motuga “At her best she is quite unstoppable as she can do it all” Ethridge had this to say about Motuga in a press release.
“Ula brings a versatile game that we value,” said Ethridge. “She has the ability to play any number of positions. Primarily, we envision her as a stretch-4 player who will play in Pick & Roll and Pick & Pop situations that will allow her to showcase her range, hands, IQ and power.”
Nice start for coach Ethridge on short notice. Welcome to Pullman Shir and Ula!
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Drew Bledsoe stepping up.
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Mele out on the road.
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Good news on the clubhouse.
.@pat_chun on @Cougbaseball clubhouse on #CougsIn60: “It will happen.” Expecting “good news in next two weeks with gifts.” #GoCougs ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/1aiRv6RHbA— Derek Deis (@DerekKXLY) May 1, 2018