Nov. 19, 1997

Providence Signs Two Women's Basketball Players

Friars Take Advantage of Early Signing Period

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College head coach Jim Jabir has received two signed national letters of intent during the early signing period. Chrissy Vozab, a 5-7 point guard from Amenia, NY and Catrina Hawley, a 6-0 forward from West Haven, CT have committed to play with the Friars beginning in 1998-99.

Vozab averaged 12 points, 7 assists and 3 steals as a junior at Our Lady of Lords High School in Poughkeepsie, NY. Named League MVP in 1996-97, Vozab is a four-time All-Section player and received First Team All-State Class B honors a year ago. The guard led her team to a 22-3 overall record last season as the team was ranked as high as seventh in the USA Today National Poll in the East. The squad has made the State Tournament for the past three seasons with Vozab. A USA Today All-America Honorable Mention as a junior, Vozab excells in the classroom with her cumulative grade point of 4.0 in high school. She has already been accepted into the Providence College Honors Program.

"Chrissy brings a great combination of ballhandling, scoring and passing to our team," states head coach Jim Jabir, now in his second season. "She is a very poised point guard who is a hard working athlete who loves to play the game. Chrissy has an excellent knowledge of the game which is exactly what we were looking for."

Hawley, a 6-0 forward from New Haven, CT averaged 16 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and three steals as a junior. A two-time All-Conference pick at New Haven High School, Hawley was a First Team All-State pick and a USA Today All-America Honorable Mention as a junior. A two-time captain, Hawley was named to the Super 15 Team by the Connecticut Post for the past two seasons. She is a Preseason Street & Smith All-American for the second consecutive season.

"Catrina is a quick and athletic forward who is a tireless worker on the court," comments Jabir. "She is a very good transition player who will give us tremendous speed."

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