VALPARAISO | Tracey Dorow put the finishing touches on the 2013-14 Valparaiso women’s basketball team on Thursday afternoon and the second-year coach stayed in the family to do so.
One month after Oakland transfer Annemarie Hamlet joined the Crusaders, sister Elizabeth Hamlet announced her intention to transfer from Oakland as well for her final season.
Hamlet spent four years with the Golden Grizzlies and graduated in May with one season of eligibility remaining. The 5-foot-11 guard will play immediately for the Crusaders while Annemarie must sit out this season.
“The people here were so nice on my visit and I can’t even express how welcoming the team, players and even members of the community have been,” Hamlet said. “A big factor was that (Annemarie) is here. We’re best friends and I’m excited to continue with her.”
Hamlet averaged 6.4 points per game while starting 25 games for the Golden Grizzlies last season. Dorow is excited not only about Hamlet’s play on the court, but also the four years of college experience she’ll bring to the youthful roster.
“We lost all of our captains from last season and now we’ve got someone that can bring leadership to the team,” Dorow said. “Elizabeth is already embracing that role. She’s the kind of player that is always going to push herself and push everyone around her to get better.”
Hamlet led Oakland in field goal percentage (42.6%) and finished second on the team with 33 steals last season. Having just one year of eligibility remaining, Hamlet wants to leave Valparaiso with no regrets.
“I’m going to give it everything I’ve got,” Hamlet said. “I’m going to go as hard as I can because I’ve only got one year and I might as well go out with a bang. I want to help as many people get better as I can.”
Dorow officially announced the additions of both Hamlet sisters on Thursday as well as Utah State transfer Haylee Thompson and freshman walk-on Faith Miller.
The quartet joins a recruiting class that includes junior college forward Sharon Karungi and freshman guard Aliyah Issac. The six newcomers will join seven returners on this season’s roster.