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Bope to play basketball at Huntington

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington University women’s basketball program has inked its first recruit for 2017-18 with the signing of Oregon Davis High School standout Alexandria Bope.

With her senior year still to come, Bope already has one IHSAA State Championship under her belt to go along with two State Final Four appearances. The 6-2 center knows the thrill of victory and HU head coach Lori Culler is excited about the impact she will have on the Forester program.

"We're really excited that Alex chose HU. We were in need of some size and she definitely adds that to our roster, but the abilities she brings with her go beyond her height.

“Alex comes from a highly successful program at Oregon Davis where she has been well-schooled in the fundamentals of the game. Knowing how to win and being a student of the game will give her a great head start playing at the next level. Couple those things with an outstanding work ethic and you have the makings for a successful collegiate career.”

In addition to enjoying her team’s success, Bope has also racked up her fair share of individual awards over the years. The Winamac native is a three-time Indiana Elite North/South All Star and has four times over the course of her prep career has been named the WKVI Player of the Game. She has also been tabbed an Indiana-Ohio All Star.

As a junior, Bope averaged 12.5 points per game. She also pulled down 5.2 rebounds, swiped 2.3 steals and swatted 1.3 shots per night. For her career she has posted 623 points, 377 rebounds and 101 steals. She has also knocked down 57.5 percent of her field goals over the past three seasons.

Bope plans to pursue an associate of science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant this fall.  

“Aside from what Alex will bring to the court, she will also be a tremendous addition to our campus,” said Culler. “She is a strong student and will excel in our OTA program and with a strong faith commitment, she is a natural fit for HU.  We’re anxious to see what she will accomplish in her four years as a Forester.”

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.