SHU Women's Basketball Announces Class of 2017

Fairfield, Conn.--The Sacred Heart Women's Basketball Team announced their incoming Class of 2017 this week. This year, the Pioneers have four National Letter of Intent signees from around the country: Shelby Hickey, Victoria Blackburn, Caitlyn Abela and Adaysha Williams.

Hickey, of Littleton, Colo., helped Highlands Ranch High School win the 2010 5A Colorado State Championship and get to the 2012 5A Colorado Final Four. She is currently ranked the No. 86 forward in the country by ESPN Hoopgurlz, and No.110 Current Blue Star Report. She was named to the 2012 All-Continental League Honorable Mention list and the 2011 Mountain Madness All-Tournament Team.

Blackburn, a 5'6" guard out of Hershey, Penn., averaged 9.6 points per game as a junior at Trinity High School. She knocked down 43 three-pointers to help the Shamrocks advance to Round 2 of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs. Last year, she was named to the Patriot-News Big 15 second team.

"I just fell in love with Sacred Heart," Blackburn told The Patriot News. "It had everything I wanted academically and basketball-wise."

Abela, a 6'1" small forward from South Easton, Mass., helped lead Oliver Ames' High School to a combined 36-8 record over the last two seasons.  Her freshman year, the team was ranked No. 2 in the state of Massachusetts and No. 84 nationally. 

"I really like the basketball team and the coaches and the campus," Abela told the Patch.

Williams is a guard out of Logan High School in LaCrosse, Wisc. She was an All-Tribune second team pick her junior season when she averaged 11 points and 3 assists per game for Logan. That year Logan won a WIAA Division 2 regional title.

"The four incoming freshmen fulfill our needs on the floor," said Pioneer Head Coach Ed Swanson. "Victoria and Adaysha will do a terrific job of enhancing our guard play, while Shelby and Caitlin are versatile forwards that will help our program grow and excel. All of them exemplify what we look for when recruiting: intensity and being a well-rounded student, athlete and global citizen."