Utah State women’s basketball announces addition of five signees

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State women’s basketball associate head coach Ben Finkbeiner announced the signing of Kinley Falslev (Benson, Utah), Emily Jarrell (Sanford, Fla.), Meagan Mendazona (Monmouth, Ore.) and Halle Nelson (American Fork, Utah) to National Letters of Intent for the 2020-21 recruiting class on Wednesday. Finkbeiner also announced the signing of Lizzy Williamson (Adelaide, Australia) to a National Letter of Intent. Williamson will join the Aggies in December.

“Once again, our staff has signed a group of young women that fit the positive culture that has been developed in our program,” Finkbeiner said. “They are good people, students and athletes. We are confident this recruiting class will continue to build on the success that we have worked so hard to build. Each one of these players brings a unique skill set to our team.”

Falslev, a 5-8 shooting guard, is a three-time letterwinner at Green Canyon High School. As a junior, Falslev made 69 3-pointers, while averaging 11.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game. As a sophomore, Falslev scored 214 points, including 43 threes, had 53 rebounds, 31 assists and 19 steals. She ranks second in the UHSAA record books for most 3-pointers made in a game with 10. Falslev earned Northern Utah Player of the Week honors, and as a team, Green Canyon was named academic all-state. Falslev also competed on the Utah Flash.

“Kinley is the best 3-point shooter in the state,” Finkbeiner said. “We are always happy to sign players from our valley. We are excited about her outstanding shooting skill and her continued development in all areas of the game.”

Jarrell, a 6-2 forward/center, is a four-time letterwinner at Seminole High School. She helped the Noles to the 2018-19 district championship and district runner ups in the 2017-18 season. During her junior season, she earned the ‘Come Back Strong’ Award and was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Jarrell helped her club team, DME Platinum, to be the silver championship winners in Louisville, Ky.

“Emily is an athlete that is physically ready for the college game,” Finkbeiner said. “She is a forward that can run the floor and score in multiple ways. Her game fits our style perfectly.”

Mendazona, a 5-9 guard, is a three-time letterwinner at Central High School. She helped the Panthers place sixth in the state championship in the 2017-18 season. Mendazona has earned first and second team all-Mid-Willamette Conference honors, as well as being named second team all-state. Mendazona also competed on the Oregon Elite club team.

“Meagan is a well-rounded combo guard,” Finkbeiner said. “She can score, pass and penetrate at a high level. Our staff believes her skill will allow her to play multiple positions early in her career.”

Nelson, a 6-1 guard/forward, is a four-year letterwinner at American Fork High School. During her junior season, Nelson averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 1.2 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. Nelson was named second team all-state, as well as the Player of the Year for American Fork girls’ basketball. As a freshman, Nelson helped her team to win the 5A state championship along with a region championship. She also competed on the Colorado Premier EYBL.

“Halle is an all-around player that has great length,” Finkbeiner said. “She is a very versatile athlete that can play three positions at the Division I level. She will be an impact player on both ends of the floor.”

Wiliamson, a 6-5 forward/center, played club basketball for the Sturt Sabres. She helped the Sturt Sabres be premiership winners and Premier League runner ups in 2019, as well as SA U18 state team silver medalists in 2018. Williamson also earned the Laura Somerton Perpetual Potential Trophy Award, which goes to the best player under 21. She was also in the National Intensive Training Program from 2015-17, the Rachael Sport Lightning Academy from 2017-19 and was named the best team player in 2018.

“Lizzy adds height and length to our team,” Finkbeiner said. “She is a high-IQ player that is improving quickly. We believe she can be a post presence for us in the near future.”

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