McPherson College women’s basketball coach Cy Rolfs has announced a six-member recruiting class for the 2012-13 season.
All the newcomers are freshmen.
“We’re excited about what each one of these individuals brings to our program,” Rolfs said.  “We’ve been working on building a foundation of success and these young ladies will fit perfectly within that culture. All being team players, they will no doubt make valuable contributions to our team and the McPherson College campus.”
• Bailey Brown (5-4, PG, Fr., Glen Elder, Kan. / Beloit High School) — Brown is a 5-4 point guard and was coached by Dallas Cox.
In her junior season, Brown shot 37 percent from the field, but 40 from 3-point, while averaging 12.3 points per game.  Her senior season, she put up 10.8 points per game, and averaged 5.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists.
Beloit made it to the state tournament the three years Brown played varsity and she was named to The Wichita Eagle All-State second team one year and honorable mention in another.
She is a three-year member of the National Honor Society and has been on the Beloit Junior/Senior High 1st Honor Roll every semester.
She is the daughter of Jerry and Yvette Brown and plans on obtaining a degree in physical therapy at McPherson College.
• Jill Ast (5-9, SF, Fr., Andale / Andale High School)
Ast is a 5-9 guard/forward and was a three-year letterwinner for coach Mark Kerschen and the Indians.
Following her junior season, Ast was named to the AVCTL Division IV first team, the All-State honorable mention Class 4A team, and The Hutchinson News All-Area 4A second team.  This year, she was a member of the AVCTL D-IV first team and the All-State Class 4A second team.  She averaged 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a senior and had a career average of 8.4 and 5.4 points and rebounds per game, respectively.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, is a Kansas Honor Scholar and was named to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Academic All-State team.
She is the daughter of Steve and Jeanne Ast and is currently undecided on a major.
• Chelsea Savage (5-6, SG, Fr., Little Elm, Texas / Little Elm High School) — Savage lettered four years while playing for coach Derrick Osborne.
She has made an All-District team each of her four years, twice on the first team and once on both the second and honorable mention teams.  She averaged 16.6 points, 2.3 3-pointers and four steals per game while shooting 80 percent from the free-throw line for her career.
She is currently a member of Deca, an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges across the globe.
She is the daughter of Curtis and Susanne Savage and is a pre-med major.
• Chandler Short (5-9, G, Fr., Edgewood, Texas / Edgewood High School) — Short was a four-year letterwinner in basketball.  She was also a four-time district tennis champion.
As sophomore, she was named the District 18-AA Offensive Player of the Year and ranked 55th in Texas in 3-point shots made. She sat out due to injury her junior season, but came back strong as a senior.  She averaged 12.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game and was once again was crowned District 18-AA’s Offensive Player of the Year after she guided her team to a final four appearance in her final year of high school.
She made the All-East Texas third team, the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches-All-Region team and the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State team following her senior season.  She was invited to play in the Greater East Texas All-Star Game and was an alternate in the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star Game. She ended her high school career with 1,075 points, 355 rebounds, 134 3-pointers, 354 steals and 280 assists.
Chandler, daughter of Kyle and Lisa Short, plans on obtaining a degree in education.
• Takia Nelson (5-9, F, Fr., Texarkana, Texas / Texas High School) —Nelson was three-year letterwinner for head coach Vince Minter.
Following her junior season, Nelson was named first team All-District and team MVP.  For her career, she averaged 15 rebounds and 10 points per game.
She is the daughter of Patrina Nelson and plans on earning a degree in the athletic training field.
• Cami Engelbert (5-10, F, Fr., Beloit, Kan. / Beloit Junior Senior High School) -- Engelbert will be joining high school teammate Bailey Brown as a member of the Bulldogs.
Engelbert, a three-year letterwinnder, was honored as the Cunningham Telephone & Cable/ Athlete of the Week after averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds during a two-game span early this past season. She finished her senior season averaging 14 points and six rebounds per contest. She made the All-State and All-North Central Kansas teams three times in her high school career.  She is also a member of the National Honors Society.
She is the daughter of Leon and Terri Engelbert and has not declared her major.