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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bethany women cagers sign Colorado trio

  • Bethany College women’s basketball has picked up three signees from Colorado in recent weeks.
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  • Bethany College women’s basketball has picked up three signees from Colorado in recent weeks.
    Ashley Rasmussen, Thornton, Colo., has signed her letter of intent to play basketball for head coach Brett Morehouse and the Bethany College Women's Basketball program for the 2014-2015 academic season.
    Rasmussen comes to the Swedes from Horizon High School. The 5 foot, 9 inch forward averaged 3.5 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game.
    Rasmussen totaled 11 blocks, 35 steals, and 36 assists in her senior season. She also shot 45 percent from the floor.
    Rasmussen was a four year starter at Horizon.
    "We are very happy to announce that Ashley Rasmussen will be joining our program in the fall,” Morehouse said. “Ashley is another member of our 2014 recruiting class who played for a highly successful prep basketball program. Coming from a large school like Horizon, she understands what it means to compete and what it takes to earn minutes on the court.”
    Rasmussen is the daughter of David and Susan Rasmussen. She has a 3.1 grade point average and plans to major in Athletic Training while studying at Bethany College.
    “We look forward to working with Ashley and helping her to continue her development as a student athlete here at Bethany College," Morehouse said.
    Tiffani Jackson, Colorado Springs, Colo., has also signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Bethany for the 2014-2015 academic year.
    Jackson, a 5-9 guard, played basketball and volleyball for all four years at Mesa Ridge High School in Colorado Springs.
    She was also a defender on the soccer team for a year and played doubles on the tennis team for a year.
    Jackson earned Academic All-State honors three years in a row and she was also a part of the highest cumulative grade point average for a girls' basketball team in the state of Colorado.
    Mesa Ridge also won the 2014 4A State Championship by knocking off Broomfield 45-41 in the championship game.
    "Tiffani is another member of the 2014 recruiting class that will be joining us after winning a state championship in basketball during her senior season,” Morehouse said. “She is very athletic, has great size for a guard and she excels at finishing shots in the paint and out in transition. While we expect Tiffani to make an immediate impact on our program, we also know that she is just beginning to tap into her true potential."
    Jackson averaged 10 points per game, grabbed 84 rebounds, 61 steals, 29 assists and 22 blocks in her senior season.
    "Tiffani Jackson is going to be a great addition to the Bethany College community,” Morehouse said. “She has an infectious, energetic personality and she works hard in the classroom."
    Jackson is the daughter of Derrick and Shannon Jackson.
    Page 2 of 2 - She has a 3.3 grade point average and plans to major in Psychology while studying at Bethany College.
    Sydney Ahaneku, Thorton, Colo., is the third of the trio to with Bethany.
    Ahaneku played in high school at Belleview Christian School in Westminster, Colo.
     She was a four-year three sport athlete at Belleview. Ahaneku was a center in basketball, a middle-hitter in volleyball and a center-midfielder in soccer.
    "We are really fortunate to be able to bring in another quality student athlete like Sydney,” Morehouse said. “She is an outstanding student who will be active on campus in many areas other than just athletics.”
    In high school, Ahaneku was a second Team All-State and first Team All-Conference award winner. She was also a team captain, her team's Most Valuable Player and Defensive Most Valuable Player.
    Over her career, Ahaneku averaged 9.5 points per game, 11.7 rebounds per game and 3.2 blocks per game.
    "Sydney brings much needed size, length and depth to our front court. She put up some pretty incredible stats during her career at Belleview,” Morehouse said. “In addition to collecting over 1,100 rebounds, she scored more than 890 points and would have certainly scored 1,000 points, had she not been injured during her senior season. Sydney is excited to begin her career as a Swede and we look forward to helping her develop as a player and person over the next four years.”
    Sydney is the daughter of Boniface and Gethrude Ahaneku. She has a 3.9 grade point average and plans to major in Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Med while studying at Bethany College.
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