While the Stanford women's basketball team is just preparing for its 2011-12 season opener on Friday at Texas, Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer also is getting ready for the future after signing prep standouts Alyson Beebe and Tess Picknell to national letters of intent.
"We are very proud to welcome Alyson and Tess to the Stanford women's basketball family," VanDerveer said. "Alyson and Tess will add to our presence in the paint with their size, rebounding and ability to score. I am very excited for them to join our team next season."
Beebe, a 6-foot-3 post out of Saint Joseph High School in Santa Maria, averaged 20.1 points and 12.5 rebounds a game in 2010-11. She was a prep All-America honorable mention for MaxPreps, and was named to the organization's All-California Second Team after leading the Knights to a 29-6 overall record and the CIF Division III title. In that state title-clinching contest, Beebe scored a game-high 21 points.
Beebe was named the CIF Southern Section's Division III Player of the Year after the championship season, making it her second straight section player of the year selection. In 2009-10, she earned the top player honor for the section's Division IV after averaging 13.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
Currently, Beebe is rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered during the club basketball season last spring.
"Selecting Stanford was an easy decision," Beebe said. "Finding a good fit academically was just as important as finding a great fit athletically. Stanford is more than anything I could have asked for in a school. The superior academic reputation, combined with consecutive successful seasons makes Stanford the perfect fit for me."
Picknell, a 6-5 center from South Medford High School in Medford, Ore., helped lead the Panthers to the quarterfinals of the state 6A tournament in 2010-11. She was named to the All-State Second Team in 2010-11 after averaging 13 points, nine rebounds and about five blocks per game for the Panthers. Picknell earned attention for her shot-blocking ability, which includes a school-record performance of 13 blocks in a midseason win over North Medford.
She earned the South Oregon Hybrid Player of the Year award after helping lead South Medford to a 21-7 overall record and a perfect 12-0 mark in league play, the Panthers' first conference title since 1994.
"Stanford has an outstanding coaching staff, outstanding facilities, world-class academics, and world-class people," Picknell said. "The challenge will be great and the reward even greater."
Beebe and Picknell will join the Cardinal for the 2012-13 season.
Stanford head coach Caroline O'Connor announced that Lauren Kim and Mariah Stackhouse have signed national letters of intent to attend Stanford next fall.
Both players are ranked in Top 10 among high school prospects by Golfweek.com.
Kim, who currently attends Los Altos High, is the listed as the 10th-ranked senior in the country in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. The 2009 California State Junior Girls Amateur champion, Kim also qualified for the 2009 and '10 U.S. Women's Amateur Championships and participated in three U.S. Girl's Junior Championships, advancing to the match play portion in the 2011 event. She also won three American Junior Golf Association events, most recently the 2010 New Jersey Junior Championship.
A standout scholar-athlete, Kim was selected to the 2011 HP Scholastic Junior All-America team.
Stackhouse, a native of Riverdale, Ga. who attends North Clayton High, is currently listed as the fourth-best high school prospect in the nation by Golfweek/Sagarin and is ranked 10th in the latest AJGA rankings. She has won 97 junior tournaments in 188 starts, including back-to-back Georgia Women's Amateur Championships in 2008 and '09, as well as the 2009 PGA Georgia Women's Open title.
A member of the 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup team, Stackhouse advanced to the Round of 16 at last year's USGA Girls Junior Championships and also participated in the U.S. Women's Open Championship at the Broadmoor East Course in Colorado, where she was low amateur.