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    UIC Head Women's Basketball Coach Lisa Ryckbosch signed three student-athletes for the 2004-05 campaign.
    UIC Head Women's Basketball Coach Lisa Ryckbosch signed three student-athletes for the 2004-05 campaign.
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    Nov. 19, 2003

    Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball coach Lisa Ryckbosch announced on Wednesday that she has signed Megan Cummens (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg), Mariesa Greene (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) and Nicole Rinaldi (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) to National Letters of Intent to play for the Flames next season.

    "I'm always very excited to get kids that are athletic, work hard and are smart basketball players," Ryckbosch said. "I think that all three of these players have those qualities."

    Cummens, a 5-11 guard out of Sandburg, could play up to four positions according to Ryckbosch.

    "Megan is a very well kept secret," Ryckbosch said. "She's a very smart basketball player who does everything well."

    Greene, a 6-1 forward out of Indianapolis Warren Central, was heavily recruited by Big Ten schools for track and field, after winning the state title in the high jump as a junior.

    "Mariesa is a gifted athlete whose best basketball is ahead of her," Ryckbosch said. "She's very tenacious on the boards and can run the floor very well."

    Rinaldi, a 6-3 center out of Fremd, will provide Ryckbosch with inside depth. As a junior, Rinaldi averaged 11.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game on her way to All-Conference and All-Area honors. Prior to this season, Rinaldi was named a Honorable Mention Midwest All-American by Street and Smiths magazine.

    "Nicole is a solid post player that runs the floor very well and has a good face-up game," Ryckbosch said. "As she gets stronger, she will be a force."

    UIC opens the regular season on Monday, November 24th, as they will host Eastern Illinois at 7:00 p.m. in the UIC Pavilion.