SAINT JOSEPH’S WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ADDS THREE TRANSFER
PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph's women's basketball announced the additions of three transfer student-athletes Tuesday afternoon. Senior Chatilla Van Grinsven (Helmond, Netherlands/Dr. Knippenberg College), junior Kelsey Berger (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and sophomore Natasha Cloud (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) will join the team this season, but can not play for the Hawks until 2012-13 per NCAA transfer rules.
A three-year letterwinner at Colorado State, Van Grinsven averaged 8.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game over 69 career games with the Rams. Playing in 15 contests as a junior, the 6-foot-3 forward averaged 10.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 2010-11. Brining over five years of international experience, Van Grinsven played for her home country, Netherlands, at the 2011 FIBA U20 European Championships. The younger sister of SJU senior Samira Van Grinsven, Chatilla proved to be one of the top players at the international tournament, leading all players with five double-doubles and ranking second in field goals attempted per game (12.5), third in rebounding (11.6 rpg), and fifth in blocked shots (1.4 bpg).
A two-year letterwinner at Air Force, Berger started 39 contests and appeared in all 61 games for the Falcons the past two years. An Academic All-Mountain West Conference standout, the 5-foot-11 forward averaged 7.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 40.2 percent from the floor (178-of-442) during her two seasons at Air Force. A standout at Mentor High School, Berger earned both Northeast Ohio and Lake Erie League Co-Player of the Year honors as a senior after averaging 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. A three-year letterwinner at Mentor, she helped her team to three-straight district and league titles.
A key reserve for Maryland last season, Cloud helped the Terps advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament as a freshman. Playing in 31 games and making six starts, the 6-foot guard averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game, while finishing third on the squad in assists per game (62). As a senior at Cardinal O’Hara High School, Cloud averaged 12.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists as a senior and earned 2010 Pennsylvania AAAA First Team All-State honors. A two-time All-Delco First Team selection, she guided the Lions to the PIAA Class AAAA State Finals as a junior.
Saint Joseph’s, which is coming off 20-wins and a WNIT appearance in 2010-11, returns 12 of 13 letterwinners, including all five starters, from last year’s team.