PASADENA (July 26, 2019) – The Caltech women's basketball team has announced a trio of incoming recruits for this year's Class of 2023. All three players will be eager to hit the ground running and make the necessary contributions to allow the women's basketball team to build on its historic 2018-19 season.
"Collectively, this is a group we're looking at to fill many of the holes our senior leaders left behind," Head Coach Bridgette Reyes said. "It will be a tough ask for this class to immediately make up for what we're losing on the court, but when it comes to leadership, accountability and work ethic, my staff and I believe this is a class that can fill long-term roles within the program."
|Faith Pinney||Sahana Saikumar||Helen Siavelis|
|Spokane, Wash.||Arcadia, Calif.||Arlington Heights, Ill.|
|Gonzaga Preparatory School||Arcadia||Prospect|
Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Preparatory School
Pinney is a tough and gritty, defensive-minded player who enjoys the opportunity to lock down her opponents in man-to-man while utilizing her quickness to kickstart the transition offense. The Washington-native was called upon to lead her high school as a senior with a very experienced team already in place and her leadership traits will be useful for a Caltech team that will be down both of its senior captains this winter.
"Faith is a lot of fun to watch," Reyes said. "She's got great defensive fundamentals and I see plenty of potential for her offensively as well. She reminds me a little bit of Nika [Haleftiras] in some ways, and if she can bring that type of energy and toughness to team, there is no doubt she will be an excellent addition."
Saikumar will only have to travel a short way when she comes to Caltech, having grown up in a town just 15 minutes east of Pasadena. Her length will be an asset as the Beavers look to replace some key cogs in the front court, and Saikumar's willingness to be challenged physically and mentally should only aid her development. She is looking forward to getting acquainted with her new teammates on and off the court.
"Sahana is a great all-around player who can do everything," Reyes said. "She is a capable scorer, whether it's from inside or outside and can be an excellent shot blocker and defensive presence down low. I see her contributing in every statistical category."
Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect
Another addition whose style of play can be summed up as "gritty and tough," Siavelis will be a contributor to the women's soccer team before she steps foot on the Braun Gymnasium floor. She is more than proficient in both sports, however, and made serious contributions to the Prospect High School basketball program, whether it was in a starting or bench role. Earlier this year, Siavelis received recognition on the Dundee-Crown Charger Classic All-Tournament Team.
"Helen's work-ethic is her greatest strength and it's one of the best attributes a player can have in our sport," Reyes said. "She is the type of player who can inspire those around her and I am excited to work with her based on her willingness to help the team in any way she can."