DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis women's basketball head coach Jennifer Gross solidified her front line with a trio of signings on Thursday, welcoming three high school standouts to the program during the NCAA's early fall signing period.Southern California natives Kayla Konrad (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia HS '17) and Cierra Hall (Cypress, Calif. / Fairmont Prep Academy '17) are joined by highly rated Canadian post Sage Stobbart (North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada / Seycove Secondary School '17) as members of the Aggies' signing class, who will begin their careers as true freshmen in 2017-18.“We could not be more excited to announce the signing of these three incredible young women," Gross said. "Cierra, Kayla, and Sage, are perfect fits for our program with elite character and exciting talent. I am extremely confident that this group will help us build on the success that we have had in our program."They are long, versatile athletes who all compete at a very high level. In addition to their stellar basketball skill sets, they are also extremely bright and driven in the classroom, making them a perfect fit here at UC Davis.”Brief bios on each of the signees follow.UC Davis officially opens the 2016-17 campaign on Friday (Nov. 11) at 7 p.m., welcoming the University of Portland to The Pavilion for its season opener. the Aggies then play host to Division II foe Holy Names in a Sunday matinee (Nov. 13) at 2 p.m.
SAGE STOBBART (6-3, Fr., Post, North Vancouver, B.C. / Seycove Secondary School '17)A four-star recruit with a grade of 93 according to the ESPNW top 100 and ranked No. 13 among post players for the Class of 2017… Helped lead the Seyhawks to the British Columbia Secondary Schools AA championship game as the number three seed in the tournament, as well as a Premier League banner, in 2016, averaging 20 points and 14 rebounds… Named to the all-tournament first team as a junior and the second team as a sophomore, helping her school to a sixth-place finish… Also named to the BC Secondary Schools Girls Basketball Association's "Super 15" team as selected by the coaches in 2016… Played for the British Columbia Provincial Team in 2016, earning first-team all-tournament honors at the 2016 U17 Canadian Nationals and second-team laurels at the 2015 event… One of 18 players selected to tryout and represent Canada at the 2016 FIBA U17 Women's World Championships, and has attended numerous national team age-group identification camps.Head Coach Jennifer Gross: “Sage is the kind of post player that has been very successful in our system – long, mobile and versatile. At 6-foot-3, Sage is a triple threat – she can score with her back to the basket, face up and attack the rim, and shoot the ball from the perimeter. Sage runs the floor extremely well and will enhance our up-tempo style of play. We believe her ceiling is extremely high and are excited to be part of her growth over the next four years.”
CIERRA HALL (6-0, Fr., Forward, Cypress, Calif. / Fairmont Prep Academy '17)Enters her senior season with the Huskies… Two-year varsity letter winner in basketball at Fairmont Prep after spending her freshman year at Cypress HS… Averaged 18.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as a junior, earning a spot on the All-CIF Southern Section Open Division Team and CalHi Sports All-State second team for juniors… Helped the Huskies advance to the CIF Southern Section Open Division quarterfinals, finishing 21-9 overall and a league title, while earning San Joaquin League MVP honors… Averaged 19.1 ppg and 9.9 rpg as a sophomore, while shooting 58 percent from the field and blocking 59 shots… Named to the CalHi Sports All-State Girls Underclass first team and All-CIF Division 4A squad as a sophomore, scoring 23 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in the championship game to help lead the Huskies to their first-ever CIF Southern Section Division 4A title… Was also named league MVP as a sophomore… Averaged 14.2 ppg and 8.3 rpg for the Chargers as a freshman before transferring, helping Cypress HS to a 24-4 record and an Empire League title… Played club with Cal Swish, competing at the prestigious Nike Nationals.Head Coach Jennifer Gross: “Cierra is an unbelievable athlete and possesses a competitive fire that makes her truly special. She is a great rebounder who has a knack for pursuing the ball with perfect timing. Cierra will make an immediate impact for us defensively with her ability to pressure the ball and guard multiple positions. We are thrilled that we will be able to help Cierra achieve her basketball goals while providing an academic environment to help her pursue her dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.”
KAYLA KONRAD (6-0, Fr., Forward, Valencia, Calif. / Valencia HS '17)Four-sport standout (basketball, lacrosse, softball, and volleyball) and three-year varsity letter winner in basketball for the Vikings… Averaged 19.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game as a junior in 27 games, while dishing out 3.1 assists, averaging 3.0 steals per game, and shooting .487 from the field, en route to All-CIF Division I-AA and all-state second team honors… Finished her sophomore season averaging 15.8 ppg and 8.0 rpg in 24 contests, shooting 48 percent from the floor and earning a spot on the All-Foothill League first team and the Daily News all-area team… Has helped the Vikings to three straight Foothill League titles, and berths into the quarterfinal round of the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs in each of the last two years… Santa Clarita Valley Signal Player of the Year as a junior… Played club with SCV Triple Threat.Head Coach Jennifer Gross: “Kayla is a tough, physical, forward with an incredible motor. She is a tenacious rebounder who can grab the ball off the glass and push in transition. Kayla will be a matchup nightmare with her ability to shoot from the perimeter and get to the rim. We see Kayla as a “glue” player because she does all of the little things to help her team win. She is a selfless teammate and a perfect fit for our program.”