Nov. 8, 2006
University of Iowa Women’s Basketball Coach Lisa Bluder announced today that Kachine Alexander and Kelsey Cermak have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University of Iowa.
Alexander, a native of Minneapolis, MN, is a three-time all-conference honoree. She earned the Best Defensive Player Award at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School her freshman and sophomore seasons. Her team was three-time conference champions and won the Minnesota State AAA Championship in 2006. The 5-9 forward was named state tournament MVP and earned honorable mention all-state honors her junior year. She averaged 12.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.0 assists in 29 starts her junior season.
Alexander was a four-year captain of the Minnesota Triple Threat AAU Team. She also lettered in volleyball, where she earned all-conference laurels her junior year and honorable mention accolades her freshman and sophomore seasons. Her volleyball team was conference champions her sophomore season. Alexander was academic all-conference her freshman and sophomore seasons. Her mother is Jennifer Davis.
“I feel as if we `stole’ Kachine out of Minnesota,” Bluder said. “She is an athletic off-guard that loves to play defense. She has quickness and is a competitor who will not back down. She leads with enthusiasm and our crowds will love to watch her play. She reminds me of former Iowa great, Crystal Smith.”
Cermak, who hails from Norwalk, IA, is a two-time first team all-state honoree and a three-time first team all-conference and all-district selection. She was the Norwalk High School MVP her first three years. The 6-1 guard holds her school’s single-season record for steals (90). She averaged 17.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals in 26 starts on a team that won the Iowa state and conference championship her junior season. Cermak averaged 18.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.6 steals her sophomore campaign. Norwalk placed second in its conference her freshman and sophomore seasons.
“Kelsey is from the reigning state championship team, and is a proven winner,” said Bluder. “She grew up wanting to be a Hawkeye and it is fun to add another tremendous Iowan to the Hawkeye team. Kelsey will have a great senior season at the power forward position; she is a tireless worker that loves the game.
“We are excited to sign these two talented recruits. We welcome both of these new Hawkeyes to our family!”
She also played for IBCA Iowa Select the last two summers. Cermak also lettered in tennis. Her parents are Barry and Cindy.
Iowa’s 2007-08 roster will consist of three student-athletes from the state of Minnesota (Kachine Alexander, Zoraa Quoie and Krista VandeVenter) and five Iowans (Wendy Ausdemore, Kelsey Cermak, Abby Emmert, Stacy Schlapkohl, Nicole VanderPol).