Clackamas' Rylee Peterson signs with Western Oregon
MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon women’s basketball head coach Greg Bruce announced the signing of Rylee Peterson to a National Letter of Intent Friday, April 16.
Peterson, a 5-11 forward from Newport, Ore., played her first two years of collegiate basketball at Clackamas Community College, a member of Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, after graduating from Newport High School. Last season, she led the Cougars to a 24-5 record, a Southern Region championship, and a third-place finish in the NWAACC championships. She boasted averages of 17.9 points (sixth in NWAACC), 9.4 rebounds (fifth), 2.8 blocks, and 2.5 steals per game while shooting 50-percent from the field, 31-percent from three-point range, and 71-percent from the free throw line where she attempted 166 free throws. For her outstanding efforts, Peterson earned NWAACC All-Tournament First Team honors for the second consecutive season and was voted MVP of both the Southern Region and Clackamas Holiday tournaments.
“We are extremely excited to add a player of Rylee’s caliber to our program,” Bruce said. “She is very versatile and has the ability to play almost anywhere on the court. She is a proven scorer from anywhere on the court; she’s also a tough rebounder and has an uncanny ability to block shots. Her experience in a quality program at Clackamas will really help us as we continue to move up the ranks in the GNAC. Rylee will have a major impact on our program the minute she steps on campus. We are very fortunate she chose to finish her college career at Western Oregon.”
As a freshman at Clackamas, Peterson averaged 19.0 points (third in NWAACC), 9.4 rebounds (fifth), 3.7 blocks, and 2.6 steals (seventh). She blocked 49 more shots than any other player in school history that year. She was a 47-percent shooter from the field, 36-percent from long range, and 65-percent from the free throw line where she attempted 209 free throws.
“Rylee has been a match-up nightmare for our opponents the past two seasons,” Clackamas head coach Jim Martineau said. “She can dominate a game even when she isn’t scoring by blocking shots, grabbing rebounds, and getting steals. Rylee has been one of the most consistent players I have ever coached.”
She led Newport High School to the Valco League championship and a state tournament appearance her senior year, and was the leading scorer in the state, averaging over 25 points and 10 rebounds per contest.
In addition to her athletic accolades, Peterson was named to the NWAACC All-Academic Team with a 3.67 GPA. She plans to major in secondary education at Western. Her parents are Gary and Kimberly Peterson.