MACOMB, Ill. - Head Coach JD Gravina and Western Illinois women's basketball inked Sophie Reichelt to a National Letter of Intent on Monday. The coaching staff will attempt to build on the momentum generated after reaching The Summit League Tournament semifinals after defeating No. 2 seeded Oral Roberts, 83-71.
Position - F - 6-2
Hometown - Mills Creek, Washington
High School - Holy Names Academy
Sophie Reichelt joins the Leathernecks out of Mills Creek, Wash. and Holy Names Academy.
Reichelt is an ESPN 3-Star Recruit and was a team captain in 2012 as well as being a four-time letterwinner. She was named Cougar Player of the Year and a Queens of the Hardwood All-Star.
As a Junior, she helped Holy Names Academy win the State Championship with a 29-0 record and USA Today #5 West National Ranking. She was the winner of the State Basketball Playoff Sportsmanship Award and a Dream Team selection from "The Battle of the Unbeatens" (20 pts, 9 rebounds, 4 steals).
Also as a junior, she shot 52 percent from the field and 42% from 3-point range. Besides the undefeated season, Holy Names Academy finished second in 2010 (26-3) and third in 2009 (23-5) at State. In addition, the team was High School District Champions and she named to the second and third Metro League Teams in her final two season, respectively.
Reichelt was a Metro League Honorable Mention selection as Freshman and voted second team at the 2011 State Tournament.
Coach Gravina: "Sophie will add some much needed height to our recruiting class. At 6'2, she can play with her back to the basket, face up from the perimeter, and shoot the three. She is an extremely well rounded player and will fit into our system perfectly. Sophie is an enthusiastic, positive person who will be a leader in our program and Western Illinois University."