Bulldogs Announce Class of 2019

The Yale women's basketball huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale women's basketball huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Three Players Added To The 2015-16 Roster

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's basketball team, which recently announced the hiring of Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 head coach Allison Guth, will welcome three freshmen to join the team for the 2015-16 season.

Under the direction of Guth, the Elis will add these three talented freshmen to a roster full of experienced players, including four juniors and four seniors. Forward Alexandra Maund, guard/forward Gabby Nelson and guard Paige Vermeer will join the team as members of the Class of 2019.

Yale's pursuit of its second Ivy League title in the 43-year history of the program will continue after finishing tied for third place in the league last season, with a 13-15 overall record and a 7-7 mark in conference games. The Bulldogs have finished in fourth place or better in each of the past six seasons.

Alexandra Maund – Forward – Dorchester, Mass.

At Noble and Greenough School: Three-time letterwinner on the basketball team...Served as co-captain in senior season...NEPSAC Class A All-Star 2014...NEPSAC Class A Championship Tournament MVP in 2013...NEPSAC Class D All-Star 2012...Team was NEPSAC Class A Champions in 2013, 2014 and 2015...With Southfield varsity basketball, team was NEPSAC Class D Champions in 2011 and 2012, while being Class E Champions in 2010...Earned Academic Distinction and High Academic Distinction at Nobles.

Personal: Alexandra is the daughter of Arnott and Karen Maund...Brother, Aaron, played soccer at Notre Dame from 2008-12 and is currently playing with Real Salt Lake in the MLS...Sister, Adia, attends Beaver Country Day School in Mass...Current Yale player, Jen Berkowitz, was a rival of Alexandra's in high school (Berkowitz at Rivers School and Maund at Noble and Greenough School)...Current high school teammate, Katie Benzan, is committed to play at Harvard as part of the Class of 2020...High school rival Kristen Daley will be playing at Penn...Worked as a camp counselor, music teacher, and office hand for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras for multiple summers...Hobbies include singing, watching movies, listening to music, hanging out with family and friends, and learning sign language.

"I wanted to come to Yale for mainly 5 reasons. 1. It's YALE, one of the best, if not the best school in the world. 2. It has everything I'm interested in at a very high level. 3. I didn't want to go to a school in Boston, where I'm from. I wanted to experience a new city. But it's still close enough to home, so I can get back there easily. 4. The FOOD. Food is my life, and the food in New Haven is so good. 5. The team is great. I felt so welcomed, and even though I'm not even on the team yet, I really felt like I was and that I belonged there."

Gabby Nelson – Guard/Forward – Hurst, Texas

At Birdville High School: Four-year letterman and three-time captain for the basketball team...Averaged 14.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, two steals and one block per game...Three-time First Team All-District...Rebounding District MVP in 2012-13 and 2013-14...Unanimous District MVP in 2014-15 and named to All-State and All-Region teams...Named to North Texas Super Team Academic All-State...Team was 2014-15 Bi-District Champions, the first ever playoff win in the girls basketball program...Three-year letterman and one-year captain for volleyball...Named First Team All-District as a senior and Second Team All-District as a junior for volleyball...Academic All-State volleyball player...Awarded scholarships from the Volleyball Booster Club, Basketball Booster Club, and the Abby Key Hope Foundation.

Personal: Gabrielle Lois Nelson is the daughter of Scott and Sue Nelson...Prefers the nickname Gabby...Twin sister, Savannah, will attend the University of Arkansas...Former AAU teammate, Emily Slagle, plays basketball at Dartmouth...Career objective is to become a lawyer.

"I chose Yale because I didn't want to sacrifice academics for a great basketball program, and at Yale I get the best of both worlds. Being a Yale basketball player means continuing my love for basketball while joining a fantastic team and university."

Paige Vermeer – Guard – Mountain View, Calif.

At Castilleja School: Captain and four-year letterwinner on the basketball team...Among the leaders in several school records, including first in steals (393), second in three-pointers made (126), second in free throws made (303), and fifth in career scoring (1,217)...Averaged better than 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals in her junior and senior seasons...All-League Second Team in 2014-15...All-League MVP in 2013-14...All-League Second Team in 2011-12 and 2012-13...Prep2Prep Player of the Year in the WBAL Skyline in 2013-14...San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro Team Honorable Mention in 2013-14...Team was WBAL Skyline Division League Champions in 2011-12 and 2013-14...Three-time letterwinner in lacrosse...2013-14 Honorable Mention...2012-13 Second Team All-League.

Personal: Paige is the daughter of Scott and Kerry Vermeer...Brother, Kyle, is a 2013 graduate of Stanford...Brother, Grant, studies and plays basketball at the United States Naval Academy, Class of 2017...Family is a foster family to seven children in the County of Santa Clara...AAU teammates Drew Edelman (USC), Destiny Graham (Arizona), and Gabi Bade (Buffalo) all play or will play college basketball...Was a middle school girls basketball coach...Interests include photography. 

"Growing up, basketball has been an integral part of my family's culture. My brothers and I have been playing since we could walk, and one of the reasons we are so close is because we always made an effort to work-out together and watch each other's games. We all love the sport and I can't imagine my life without it. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to continue playing the sport that has developed me into the person I am today at Yale. The game has created such a strong bond between me and my family. I feel so fortunate to be playing at a school that will challenge me on the court and in the classroom."


Filed by Steve Lewis, Yale Sports Publicity