UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor University women's basketball head coach, Kelly Packard, announced her second signing class on Tuesday, with five student-athletes set to join the program for the 2015-2016 season.
BreAnna Arnold, Kendall Bradbury, Lacey Garrett, Katrina Headlee and Aubrey Wright will all begin their collegiate careers with the Trojans on the hardwood for the 2015-2016 campaign. The class consists of four guards from around the state of Indiana and one forward from Colorado.
"It is with great excitement that our program announces the signing class of 2015," stated Packard. "Taylor University has most certainly attracted quality young women that have demonstrated academic and athletic excellence. They desire to grow their personal walk with Jesus Christ and to invest in the lives of those with whom they share their collegiate experience. They are a talented group with a broad range of skill sets. They will continue to push our program forward in all key areas."
Arnold, Bradbury, Garrett, Headlee and Wright continue an influx of young talent into the TU women's basketball program under Coach Packard's leadership. The group will look to replicate the success of Packard's first recruiting class that saw Cassidy Wyse and Josie Cobb earn spots on the Crossroads League All-Freshmen Team, with Wyse being named the Freshman of the Year at the end of last season.
A trio of seniors will lead the seven underclassmen into the 2015-2016 campaign, with Emma Brattain, Monica Compton and Taylor Degenkolb seeking to build on a four-win improvement and a 16-15 overall record during the 2014-2015 year.
BreAnna Arnold / G / 5-7 / Bluffton, IN / Shiloh Christian Homeschool
Arnold racked up over 2,000 career points on the hardwood, while being named a five-time Indiana Christian Basketball Association All-Star. The athletic guard was also named as a National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships All-Region performer in 2012 and was a three-time team captain. Along with her success on the planks, Arnold competed in volleyball and soccer, serving as a two-time team captain and earning All-Indiana honors with each team.
Arnold intends to pursue a major in business during her time as a student-athlete at Taylor University.
"I chose Taylor because of its Christian values and its small community," said Arnold. "I know it is somewhere I can thrive academically and spiritually."
Kendall Bradbury / F / 5-11 / Highlands Ranch, CO / Valor Christian HS
Bradbury was named the Colorado 4A Player of the Year in 2014-2015, leading her Valor Christian team to a state championship. The scoring forward claimed First-Team All-Colorado and all-league honors en route to the Player-of-the-Year accolade and ended her career on the hardwood with 1,753 points, while ranking fifth in Colorado history with 486 made free throws. Bradbury was also selected to play on the United States U19 Team in Italy.
Bradbury was a member of the all-academic team during her prep career and plans to major in exercise science at TU, while minoring in Spanish and coaching.
"I chose Taylor because of the superior academics, as well as my desire to attend a school that was faith-based," stated Bradbury. "I was thrilled that being able to continue my athletic career fit in as well."
Lacey Garrett / G / 5-7 / Crawfordsville, IN / Crawfordsville HS
Garrett became a four-time All-Star as a member of the U.S. Junior National Basketball Team during her playing career at Crawfordsville High. The defensive minded guard was heralded as an All-Indiana Honorable Mention performer as a junior and earned a pair of all-league and a trio of all-county accolades. Garrett was also selected as a three-time recipient of Crawfordsville's Best Defender award, was named the team's Most Valuable Player two times and garnered a pair of all-league honors on the volleyball court.
Garrett excelled in the classroom as well, graduating as the top-ranked student in her class, while also serving as the Student Council President and National Honor Society President. Garrett was a member of the Academic Honor Roll and was named Academic All-Indiana prior to capping her outstanding prep career with the prestigious 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Award. During her time on campus at TU, Garrett intends on pursuing a degree in accounting and finance.
"I chose Taylor for the tight-knit community, the academic excellence and the challenge it offers for growing in Christ," said Garrett. "Taylor has the overall package that will contribute to my future success."
Katrina Headlee / G / 5-5 / Pittsboro, IN / Tri-West HS
Headlee will join the Trojans after being named first-team all-conference as a senior and earning a pair of First-Team All-Hendricks County honors. The guard was also selected for Tri-West's Mental Attitude Award.
Headlee will work toward a degree in public health, while minoring in biology at Taylor. Headlee was a member of the National Honor Society, while earning three academic all-league nods and being named First-Team Academic All-Indiana in 2014-2015.
"I have wanted to play basketball at Taylor University since attending camp there in sixth grade," remarked Headlee. "Taylor has the spiritual, academic and community aspects I was looking for in a college, making for an easy decision."
Aubrey Wright / G / 5-7 / Columbia City, IN / Columbia City HS
Wright competed on the tennis, volleyball and basketball teams at Columbia City High, earning All-Northeast Conference honors in all three sports. The athletic guard earned a pair of All-NEC honors on the hardwood and was named to the Indiana/Ohio Border Wars Team following her senior season with the Eagles. In addition to the NEC accolades, Wright was named Columbia City's Best Defensive Player in 2014 and 2015, leading the team in assists in 2014 and winning the Joey Devito Memorial and Tom Ness Scholarships.
Wright, who is the granddaughter of TU Hall of Famer, Ted Wright, intends on majoring in exercise science at Taylor. During her time at Columbia City, Wright was a member of the National Honor Society.
"I chose Taylor for the faith-based educational values on campus and the immediate connection I felt with the admissions counselors, Coach Packard and the basketball team," stated Wright.