Six new Loggers to join women's basketball program

Six new Loggers to join women's basketball program

TACOMA, Washington – Puget Sound women's basketball head coach Casey Kushiyama welcomes six new members to the program. "I am really excited about our incoming class," said Kushiyama. "I'm grateful for our coaching staff, student-athletes, and the university admissions team for all their hard work and contributions in bringing this class together. None of this would be possible without their work." The new Loggers have an opportunity to make an immediate impact for a program that has reached the postseason five times in the past six years.




Emily Climenhage

Folsom, Calif. / Folsom


Achievements: Two-time Sierra Foothill League Champions… All-Conference honoree.


Coach Kushiyama: "Emily is an elite athlete. Her combination of size, strength, and athleticism is rarely seen at our level. She is capable of defending every position on the floor and is a monster on the boards. Offensively, she is another person that brings versatility. She's a great finisher in the paint but also has a pretty three-point shot."




Rebekah Dasalla

Mountlake, Wash. / Edmonds-Woodway High School


Achievements: Eighth place in WIAA… 3A District Championship Player of the Game/Week… WIAA State Tournament Player of the Game.


Coach Kushiyama: "Bekah is a long, athletic and versatile player who I'm expecting to help us right away. Her ability to play with the ball in her hands or to play off the ball is an incredible luxury for us to have. She can easily bounce back and forth between being a facilitator or microwave scorer. Defensively, she was tasked with defending every team's best offensive player in high school."




Aubrie Emmons

Sherwood, Ore. / Sherwood


Achievements: Team reached second round of OSAA Playoffs… Nike Lake Oswego Champions… Three-time All-League selection.


Coach Kushiyama: "Aubrie is a long, athletic wing who is a lights-out shooter. She's the kind of shooter that surprises you more when she misses. She's incredibly versatile and is capable of scoring at every level. Defensively, she has such great instincts that she's always getting deflections, steals and blocks. She was the leader of the No. 1 defensive team in Oregon."




Katie Minnehan

Woodinville, Wash. / Woodinville


Achievements: Three-time King County Champions… 2019 District Champion… 2018 State runner-up… League Honorable Mention.


Coach Kushiyama: "Katie is a winner! She's coming to Puget Sound from one of the best high school programs in the State of Washington, and she led that team in rebounds, steals, and assists. That's incredible! She's a phenomenal athlete and one of the best rebounding guards I've ever seen. A very good defender, tough as nails, and just efficient in everything she does." 




Grace Pytynia-Hillier

Portland, Ore. / Cleveland


Achievements: Three-time All-League… Earned four letters in track & field (javelin and discus).


Coach Kushiyama: "Grace is a terrific shooter who carried her team offensively in high school. Being vote to the First Team in the PIL is no small feat, and it's a credit to her because she was the focal point of every opponents' scouting report."




Kaori Utsumi

Tokyo, Japan / IMG Academy / Hawaii Pacific


Achievements: 2019 PacWest Champions.  


Coach Kushiyama: "Kaori is a dynamic point guard at a position that we were really targeting in the recruiting process. She's ultra-quick, great in transition, and will be a nightmare on the defensive end for opposing guards."