Women’s basketball team signs Jazmine Harris, Ally Lehman to 2013 National Letters of Intent

Huskies add two impressive front court players

Kathi Bennett

Kathi Bennett

The Northern Illinois women’s basketball program signed guard/forward Jazmine Harris (West Allis, Wis./Heritage Christian) and guard Ally Lehman (Nineveh, Ind./Indian Creek) from the high school class of 2013 to National Letters of Intent on Monday.

Harris is coming off a junior season in which she led Heritage Christian High School to its first-ever state championship as she averaged 12.5 points and nine rebounds per game. The 6’0″ combo player already has over 1,000 career points as a prep and was a 2011-12 WBCA Division V All-State selection.

As a sophomore, Harris netted 15.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. MaxPreps ranks her as the 23rd best prospect in the state of Wisconsin.

“Jazmine Harris is definitely a future star for us,” said NIU head coach Kathi Bennett. “Her talents with the ball and her athleticism are something we don’t have and she will bring, along with her great charm and love for the game. Passion is one of our cornerstones and Jaz embodies that.”

Lehman enters her senior year at Indian Creek High School as the reigning Johnson County Player of the Year after averaging 26 points, 13.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 4.4 steals and 3.5 blocks per game.

The 5’10′ do-it-all player is already a three-time all-area and all-conference selection and two-time all-state honoree. Each season, she has shot over 60 percent from the field, 75 percent from the free throw line and 38 percent on three-pointers.

As a sophomore, she led ICHS to conference and sectional championships en route to an Elite 8 appearance. She averaged 19.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.5 blocks per game in 2010-11. In her freshman season, Lehman tallied 15.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 4.5 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game, helping ICHS to a 2009-10 conference championship. ESPN has Lehman ranked as the 149th best guard in the nation for the class of 2013.

“Ally is an incredible addition for us Huskies,” Bennett said. “She is one of the most complete players I’ve ever recruited and has a desire to be great. I feel her basketball IQ on the floor and feel for the game will help us immediately. We are so thankful that Ally and her family are Huskies.

“I am so excited to get both Ally and Jaz here. They are winners who will help us get to the next level.”

NIU plays its home opener at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, against South Dakota State at the Convocation Center. The Huskies are 2-1 in the 2012-13 campaign and are coming off back-to-back wins in the Preseason WNIT against Davidson and Morehead State.

For more information on NIU women’s basketball and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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