Women's Basketball Announces Incoming Class

Fourth-year Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl
Nov. 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Fourth-year Providence College women’s basketball Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl announced today [Nov. 13] that three student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the College and compete on the women’s basketball team beginning in the Fall of 2016. The three student-athletes who make up the Class of 2020 are Maggie Ahearn (Marshfield, Mass.), Tysha Brown (Harrisburg, Pa.) and Julia Thissell (Hopkinton, Mass.).

“We are thrilled to have Tysha, Maggie and Julia (JT) join our Friar Family,” Robinson Fruchtl said. “This class completes our efforts to recruit more talent and depth in the point guard and post positions.”

Ahearn, a 6-foot-, 2-inch, forward currently attends Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass. She missed the 2014-15 season at Tabor with an injury, but averaged a double-double in her previous two seasons, while attending Marshfield High School (2012-14). As a sophomore, Ahearn posted averages of 13.4 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. In her freshman season, she averaged 12.6 points and 11.4 boards per contest. While at Marshfield, she was a two-time Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic Team selection and earned Boston Globe Player of the Week honors during her sophomore campaign. She is the daughter of Bob and Theresa Ahearn and played AAU for the RI Breakers.

“We are anxious for Maggie to arrive and give us another post who is a very good rim runner,” Robinson Fruchtl said. “Maggie is fast, quick and will help improve our pressure defensive system. She is a shot blocker and has an ability to get to the rim from the perimeter. Maggie grew up in a basketball family and her high basketball IQ will help her develop quickly at the next level. We would like to thank her coaches, Will Becker, Bill Coughlin and Jim Edgehill for all their assistance in the recruiting process.”



Brown, a 5-foot, 5-inch, point guard currently attends Science Tech High School and plays basketball for Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Pa. She enters her senior season with 700 career points and has averaged double-figures in the scoring column each of the last two seasons. As a sophomore (2013-14), Brown scored an average of 12.0 points per game, and upped her scoring average to 16.5 points per contest as a junior (2014-15). Brown is a two-time Penn Live Big 15 Second-Team selection (2014, 2015). She also has been named a 2014-15 Mid-Penn Conference Second-Team honoree during her career. Brown is the daughter of Erin Kronenberg and played AAU for Central PA Elite.

“Tysha is an exciting point guard who plays with a fearless attitude,” Robinson Fruchtl said. “She has great leadership and decision-making ability. We will look for Ty to come in and add to our pressure defensive system and help improve our ability to push the tempo on offense. We would like to thank her coaches, Dwan Lee, Saundra Proctor, Tina Thomas and Bethany Irwin, for all their assistance in the recruiting process.”

Thissell, a 6-foot, 4-inch, center currently attends The Rivers School in Weston, Mass. During the 2014-15 season, she led her team to a 22-4 overall record, including a 12-2 mark in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). At the conclusion of the season, Thissell was tabbed a NEPSAC All-League selection. According to ESPN/Hoopgurlz, she is ranked No. 52 among post players in the Class of 2016. Thissell and Ahearn are teammates on the RI Breakers AAU Team. She is the daughter of George and Lori Thissell. Her father is a 1984 graduate of Providence College.

“JT [Julia] will be a major low post presence for us,” Robinson Fruchtl said. “She provides great depth in the low post and her physical presence will be a big plus for us in the interior, on offense and defense. We are also excited that JT is another legacy student for us, following in the footsteps of her father. We would like to thank her coaches, Bob Pipe, Bill Coughlin and Jim Edgehill for all their assistance in the recruiting process.”


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