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      LSSU inks four women's basketball recruits

      Courtesy: LSSU

      Lake Superior State women's basketball coach Shannon Eggers sought size for her 2013 Fall recruiting class.

      Center Michela Coury (6-2) of Grand Blanc, Mich., guard/forward Natalie Peterson (6-0) of Brighton, Mich., and forward/center Aubreigh Steed (6-0) of Howell, Mich., have signed National Letters of Intent, along with point guard Madissen Swanson (5-2) of L'Anse, Mich.

      "Our program is very excited to sign these four young ladies and have them be a part of the Laker family," LSSU head coach Shannon Eggers said. "We signed players who will be ready to contribute immediately and replace our three seniors we will be losing."

      Coury averaged 10.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocked shots per game last season for Flint Powers Catholic High School, which lost to Goodrich in the 2013 MHSAA Class B state tournament finals. Coury, a 4.0 student who plans to major in fisheries and wildlife management, received BCAM's Best (Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan) All-State Special Mention in Class B.

      Steed earned All-OK White Conference First Team honors in 2012-13 after contributing 13.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 blocks per game for Howell High School. She is a 3.8 student planning to major in exercise science.

      "Michela and Aubreigh bring a post presence with some versatility that we have been looking for," Eggers said. "They both are tremendous rebounders and have great vision to make the extra pass."

      Peterson, who was also a BCAM's Best honoree as a junior, was limited due to an injury, but averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game last season for Brighton High School. She is also a

      3.8 student with plans to major in exercise science.

      LSSU's lone guard prospect is 2013 Class A-B-C All-Upper Peninsula honoree and West Pac Conference co-most valuable player Swanson. She averaged 19.5 points per game last season. Swanson, with a 3.0 grade point average, also plans to major in exercise science.

      "Natalie will bring some added height to the perimeter and a wealth of talent," Eggers said. "We will be looking for her to contribute right away and bring us some more production from the perimeter. Madissen will help solidify the point guard position for the next few years.

      Her competitiveness and scrappy attitude at the point guard position will help tremendously for the future.

      "We are excited to have all four on board. They are all tremendous students, but even better people. When you recruit the athletes, you also recruit their families. And we truly have four future student athletes and families that represent what we are here at Lake State.

      We are excited to have them in the Laker family and cannot wait for them all to arrive next Fall."