PAINSEVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team announced two signings to its 2011 recruiting class Monday (May 16). Head Coach Bob Booher will welcome guards Jackie Murray (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Melanie Trushel (Chardon, Ohio/Glimour Academy) to the Storm program next season.
"We're thrilled to add both Jackie and Melanie to our program," Booher said. "They both come from good high school programs and will add a lot to our team, both offensively and defensively, specifically on the perimeter."
Murray was a four-year letter winner in basketball at St. Vincent-St. Mary, helping the Lady Irish to the Division II district finals as a senior. A team-captain, Murray earned second-team all-district honors and was selected to play in a pair of all-star games. She also earned three varsity letters in track and field and was the team's best jumper, competing in the high jump and long jump.
"Jackie is quick, has length, and is an outstanding defender who will improve our perimeter defense," Booher said. "Offensively, she excels at finding the open teammate and will be a more productive scorer in our offense than at SVSM."
Outside of athletics, Murray earned a spot on the high honor roll every quarter of her high school career and is a member of the National Honor Society and Peer Ministry. She also received awards for excellence in science, English and Spanish.
The daughter of George and Amy Murray, she plans to study criminal justice at Lake Erie.
Trushel was also a team-captain and earned three varsity letters at Gilmour Academy. During her career the Lancers won a sectional and district title each season and made two appearances in the regional semifinals and one in the regional finals. A long-range threat, Trushel was second on the team in three-pointers made during a 22-3 senior campaign.
"Melanie is a quick lefty who can bury the three but enjoys setting up her teammates as well," said Booher. "She understands the game and her quick hands and feet will help us defensively. She comes from a well-coached program at Gilmour and will continue to develop with collegiate experience."
She is the daughter of Verl and Tammi Trushel and plans to study communications and business.
The Storm loses just one senior from its 2010-11 squad.