Women's basketball inks two early

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Top: Sierra Shipley - Fayetteville High School; Bottom: Kortni Kendrick - Kansas High School

Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 17, 2009) - The John Brown University women’s basketball team took advantage of the early signing period last week by adding two top recruits to the roster for the 2010-2011 season.

Signing letters of intent to attend JBU next year were 5-9 guard Sierra Shipley of Fayetteville (Ark.) High and 6-1 forward Kortni Kendrick of Kansas (Okla.) High.

In two years at FHS, Shipley has averaged 10 points, four rebounds, and two assists per game. A career 83% free-throw shooter, Shipley is the current high school state record holder for consecutive free-throws made in regular season games, and she also holds the FHS record for free-throws made in a year. She has twice earned all-conference and all-state tournament honors while helping guide her team to a 57-5 overall record and 26-2 conference record in her two years at FHS. And last season, she helped FHS win the 7A-state title while finishing the year with a 32-0 record.

For the past three seasons at KHS, the 6-1 Kendrick has been a dominating force. As a freshman, she was named to the KURM Dream Team after averaging 15.3 ppg. As a sophomore, she improved her average to 16 ppg and helped guide her team to the Class 3-A state semifinals while being named to the all-conference team. During her junior season, Kendrick once again led her team to the state semifinals after posting 14.1 ppg. She was also named to the First-Team Coaches Aid State Tournament Team, Tulsa World Second-Team All-Tournament, as well as being named all-conference. In three seasons, Kendrick has helped her teams accumulate 73 wins and only 13 losses. Going into her senior season, Kendrick has been highlighted on the front cover of the Coaches Aid Tip-Off Magazine and is entering the year as the reigning Class-3A Most Valuable Player.

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