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Hannah Boesinger & Jenna Hirsch sign NLIs to play women's basketball at YSU


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown State head women's basketball coach Bob Boldon has announced that Hannah Boesinger and Jenna Hirsch have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend YSU and play for the Penguins starting in the 2013-14 season. 

Boesinger is a 5-foot-11 forward from Hudson, Ohio, and Hudson High School, while Hirsch is a 5-foot-7 guard from Decker, Mich., and Marlette Junior/Senior High School. 

"My staff and I are very excited to add two quality young ladies to our program who will fit very well in our system," Boldon said. "They are both versatile and tough physically, and they both do very well in the classroom. They embody the things we've been trying to develop in this program." 

Boesinger averaged 14.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 2.1 assists and 1.6 blocks per game as a junior for the Hudson High Explorers. She was a First-Team All-Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division selection as a junior, and she earned All-Northeast Ohio Inland District accolades as a sophomore and junior. She averaged 11.2 points and 9.8 rebounds as a sophomore. Entering her senior year, she has scored 598 points and grabbed 458 rebounds in her career. She has career highs of 26 points against Stow as a junior and 22 rebounds as a sophomore against Firestone.

"Hannah is a post player who can be effective all over the floor," Boldon said. "She has a knack for finishing around the basket, and she's comfortable facing the rim as well." 

Hirsch was a second-team all-state pick while earning first-team honors at the conference, county and area levels as a junior. She averaged 16.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 5.0 steals as a junior for the Red Raiders. She's been named the Tuscola County Advertiser Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons. Hirsch is ranked 16th on the Michigan Girls Basketball Report's Fab 50 Senior list. 

"Jenna is a guard who handles and passes the ball well enough to play the point, but she also shoots it well enough to be a wing," Boldon said. 

Youngstown State is 2-0 after earning road wins at Pittsburgh and Buffalo. The Penguins will take on Bryant in their home opener on Sunday at 12:05 p.m.

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