Women's Basketball - Fri, Mar. 10, 2006
CHICAGO - Angie Bush, a senior guard at Morgan Township High School in Valparaiso, Ind., has signed a letter of intent to continue both her athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar women's basketball program. Bush joins Brittanie Crose, a senior guard at Morris High School in Morris, Ill., as the first two signees of SXU head coach Bob Hallberg's 2006 recruiting class.

Bush averaged 23.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.0 steals per game as a senior at Morgan Township this season. The Cherokees have been Sectional 49 champions each of the last two seasons with Bush leading Porter County in scoring each of the last three years (sophomore through senior seasons). She also holds the school record for career three-pointers made and free throw percentage (86 percent).

Bush was named to Hoosier Basketball magazine's Top 40 players list as well as a top 100 player by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. In addition, she was named to The Post Tribune All-Area First Team, the Northwest Indiana Times All-Area First Team, and the All-Porter County Conference Hoosier Basketball Magazine Preseason All-State First Team. Bush is the daughter of Matt and Janet Bush, who also reside in Valparaiso.

"Angie is going to be an immediate impact player for our program," said Hallberg. "She comes from a very successful high school program at Morgan Township and wanted to continue to play on a successful team as a college student-athlete. Angie is an excellent shooter and very versatile on the court."

Saint Xavier is making its fourth straight NAIA National Tournament appearance this season and its fourth overall since the program began play in 2000 under Hallberg. The Cougars have won seven Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season or tournament titles since 2000 and have averaged 24 wins per season.