"We are very excited about our 2009 recruiting class,” said Bruno. “We needed a post player to replace Natasha Williams and we needed depth in our back court. With Katherine Harry inside and Anna Martin outside, we answered these needs."
Harry, a 6-3 forward, enters her senior season at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Mo., after leading the Bruins to the Missouri Class 5 state title as a junior. She averaged 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds while earning first team All-State honors and in the state finals, she finished the game with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Through three seasons, she has totaled 906 points, 665 rebounds and 156 blocked shots in 83 games. She will break the school records of 1,043 points and 691 rebounds during her senior campaign. Harry is also a three-time All-District honoree after starting since her freshman season.
"Katherine Harry led her 2008 Rock Bridge High School team to the Class 5 Missouri state championship," said Bruno. "Katherine Harry is a strong, live and explosive post player with guard skills that can both play on the block and lead our fast break. Ironically, Katherine Harry coming to DePaul from Columbia, Mo., will join St. Louis, Mo. Incarnate Word graduates Rachel Pierson and Felicia Chester in the post to give DePaul an All-Missouri front line."
Martin, a 5-10 guard, averaged 19 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a junior at Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Ky. Lexington Christian was ranked as high as No. 19 in the USA Today Super 25 rankings during her sophomore season as she led the Lady Eagles to the Kentucky Sweet 16 state championship. In the championship game she dropped in 25 points while Lexington Christian became just the third team to win both the All “A” and Sweet 16 state titles in the same season. She also earned honorable mention All-State honors and was a member of the Kentucky Junior All-Stars.
"As a sophomore, Anna Martin led her Lexington Christian squad to the 2007 Kentucky double state championship, one of only three schools in Kentucky state championship history to win both championships in the same season," said Bruno. "Anna is an excellent scorer and defender that brings great defensive toughness to the team."
“Both players are winners by leading their teams to state titles and also represent the 'total recruiting package' in that they are both excellent students and great people,” continued Bruno. “Katherine and Anna will help DePaul continue our recent tradition of being one of the only Division I women's programs in the country to be ranked both athletically and academically. They have also been extremely well coached in high school. At Lexington Christian, Anna Martin was coached by both Donna Murphy and Jason Seamands. Katherine Harry's Rock Bridge High School coach is Jill Nagel."
The duo joins transfer Juergens, who is sitting out the 2008-09 season under NCAA transfer guidelines. Juergens joined the program in September after playing two seasons at Loyola-Chicago. She will have two seasons of eligibility starting with the 2009-10 campaign.
DePaul starts the 2008-09 season this weekend at the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. The Blue Demons face Idaho State on Saturday followed by a Sunday game against Alcorn State. The three-day tourney concludes on Monday night when DePaul faces host New Mexico. Monday’s game can be seen live on the MountainWest Sports Network at 7 p.m. MT/8 p.m. CT.
The Blue Demons open the home schedule on Nov. 21 when Duke, Hartford and Southern visit McGrath Arena for the DePaul Invitational. Hartford and Duke play the first game on Friday at 5:30 followed by DePaul and Southern. The two winners play for the championship on Saturday, Nov. 22 after the consolation game at 5:30 p.m.