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Burke finalizes class of 2023

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Head coach Mary Burke finalized the class of 2023 for the Bryant University women's basketball program by adding two more student-athletes to the incoming class. 

Blanca Chasco | Barcelona, Spain | Sant Ignasi Sarrià

Before Bryant
Three-year varsity letter winner in basketball and one-year letter winner in netball … Was the top scorer, rebounder, and shot blocker in the Copa Colegial Tournament in 2019 … Named MVP of her team in Mataró in 2018 … Received the Sport Merit in her high school and was named MVP of her high school squad as a sophomore .. Helped her high school team become runner-ups with a 20-8 overall record … Intended to major in Business Administration.

Coach Burke Comments on Blanca
"Blanca is a 6-2 athletic forward with GREAT versatilities in all aspects of her game and a prototypical Bryant forward skill set. She has the abilities to make an impact on the program right away."


Abbie Eads | Petersburg, Va. | TPLS Christian Academy

Before Bryant
A four-year varsity letter winner in basketball … Helped lead her high school squad to a Homeschool League Championship in 2017 … Member of Team Loaded … Intended to major in Business Management.

Coach Burke Comments on Abbie
"Abbie is a 6-3 post who will add depth and physicality in the paint. She has a strong offensive skill set that is important in the criteria for success in our system."

Chasco and Eads are accompanied by early signees Nicole Gallagher, Alana Perkins, and Shannon O'Connor.

Nicole Gallagher | Foxboro, Mass. | Tabor Academy

Before Bryant
A four-year varsity letter winner … Helped her team become AA NEPSAC Runner Ups and win the ISL Championship last season … Named to the USJN 17U National Championship All-Star Team in 2017 … Helped her team win the Massachusetts State Championship in 2016 … Played AAU with the Bay State Jaguars … Intended major is undecided.  

Coach Burke Comments on Nicole
"Nicole is a tough, gritty point guard who has the ability to shoot the long ball and run an expedient offense. What also makes her suitable for this system is her love of high-level intensity and she displays that with how she plays – a true competitor."


Alana Perkins | Wauwatosa, Wis. | Wilbraham & Monson Academy

Before Bryant
A four-year varsity letter winner … Helped her high school team win the conference championship as a freshman and sophomore and helped them win the Division II State Championship as a freshman … Named Second Team All-Conference and named to the NEPSAC All-Star Team as a junior … Ranked among the Top 32 in the Massachusetts Class of 2019 … Played AAU for the Boston Showstoppers … Intends to major in Biology – Pre Health.

Coach Burke Comments on Alana
"Alana has great three-point range well beyond the three-point line. Her strength to pull the defense out of the lane will give us a balanced approach on the offensive side of the floor."


Shannon O'Connor | Wrentham, Mass. | King Phillip Regional

Before Bryant
A four-year varsity letter winner … Helped lead her team to the second round of conference playoffs … Earned Rookie of the Year honors during freshman season … Named Team MVP and Hockomock League All-Star three years in a row and Sun Chronicle All-Star during her junior and senior seasons … Named Riley Winter Classic All-Star senior year … Played AAU with the Mass Mavericks … Intends to major in Politics and Law.

Coach Burke Comments on Shannon
"Shannon will fill that big guard roll at 5-10. She has the ability to get to the basket and shoot the three which are versatilities that will make for a nice addition to our depth at the guard position."

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