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Central Washington U signs Centralia's Brittany Duerr

WILDCAT WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNS CENTRALIA'S BRITTANY DUERR
Central Adds NWAACC's Sixth-Leading Scorer, Western Region MVP for 2009-10 Season


ELLENSBURG, Wash.(May 27) - Brittany Duerr, a guard from Centralia College, has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her college basketball career at Central Washington University, CWU head coach Jeff Whitney announced Wednesday.

Duerr, a native of Bellevue, Wash., and a graduate of Newport High School, was the Western Region Most Valuable Player in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) this past year. The 5-foot-9 guard finished sixth in the NWAACC in scoring with 16.1 points per game. She also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Trailblazers.

"Brittany has a proven track record as a scorer, from high school to her days at the junior college level," Whitney said. "But beyond her abilities to score, she has an uncanny ability to see the floor from the three-guard position. Her passing abilities and court sense are also exceptional."

Duerr totaled 86 assists and ranked ninth in the NWAACC Western Region in that department. As a scorer, she reached double figures in 23 of 27 games for Centralia this past season, including eight 20-point performances. She scored a career-high 26 points in a game twice as a sophomore. In addition, Duerr ranked second in the NWAACC with 74 three-pointers made.

"Brittany has the skills to penetrate like Elyse Maras, but shoots the ball a lot like Hanna Hull," Whitney described, comparing Duerr to a pair of recent standout Wildcat guards. "She has a lot of quickness and is very long and athletic."

Scoring was a problem for an injury-depleted CWU squad this past season, as the Wildcats averaged just 56.3 points per game -- a 11 points-per-game decrease from 2007-08 and the second lowest-scoring average in the program's 29-year history. Whitney feels that the addition of Duerr, plus a change in the Wildcats' offensive philosophy, will help Central return to a higher-scoring and higher-paced attack in 2009-10.

"We are trying to implement the up-tempo style," Whitney continued, "and Brittany fits right into the system we are looking to run. She will help us return to the pace we are accustomed to playing with at Central."

Prior to her season at Centralia in 2008-09 and a redshirt campaign with the Trailblazers in 2007-08, Duerr played as a freshman at North Idaho College.

Duerr headlines a list of talented newcomers the Wildcats plan to have joining the program for the upcoming season. Additional signees will be announced in the coming weeks.

Central Washington finished seventh in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference this past winter.

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