May 5, 2014
LONG BEACH - Long Beach State women's basketball head coach Jody Wynn has announced the addition of Gigi Hascheff (Reno, Nev.) and Thaddesia Southall (Long Beach, Calif.) during the spring signing period. The duo will join the 49ers for the 2014-15 season.
"We are very excited to have both Gigi and Desia join our Beach family," Wynn said. "They are exceptional young women and we are looking forward to helping them grow and develop both on and off the basketball court."
Gigi Hascheff, a 5-foot-7 guard, played in 30 games and made 20 starts as a true freshman at Sacramento State last year. She averaged 11.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals per contest. Hascheff also connected on 53 3-pointers, which ranked third on a Hornet team that established an NCAA single-season record with 373 threes made. She reached double figures in the points column 17 times and had four 20-plus scoring games. Hascheff drained a career-high 27 points at Weber State and finished with 25 against Southern Utah in the Big Sky Tournament.
Hascheff prepped at Reno High School where she led her squad to a 20-3 record and the Nevada Division I state championship as a senior. She was a Nevada Preps All-State first-team selection and was named to the USA Today American Family Insurance All-USA Nevada state team. Hascheff averaged 14.0 points and 5.2 assists per game in 2012-13. Hascheff also played club for the Nevada Basketball Academy.
"Gigi is an extremely competitive young woman who wants to win and will do whatever it takes to be successful," Wynn said. "She will play both guard positions, is a terrific shooter, sees the floor well and is a great student of the game. Her leadership ability and desire to make those around her better are two qualities we love to have in our program. We are really looking forward to Gigi being part of The Beach!"
Thaddesia (Desia) Southall is a 6-foot-4 forward who sat out the last two seasons at USC with a knee injury. She played in six games for the Trojans as a redshirt freshman in 2011-12, and recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds vs. UTSA.
Southall was a highly touted recruit out of Long Beach Poly High School, where she helped the Jackrabbits to three state championships and a CIF Southern Section title. As a senior, Southall was an All-CIF selection, a McDonald's All-America nominee and she was the 20th-ranked power forward in the nation. Southall also played club for the Cal Sparks.
"We have known Desia for many years, watching her play at Long Beach Poly High School and with the Cal Sparks basketball club," Wynn said. "She is a motivated young woman who cherishes the opportunity to play again after overcoming adversity. Desia is a mature college graduate who will begin her master's degree at Long Beach State this fall. At 6-foot-4, she is a presence in the post position both offensively and defensively, and has the ability to play facing the basket as well."
Hascheff and Southall join Jessica Gertz and Cecily Wilson, who signed during the early period, to complete Long Beach State's 2014-15 recruiting class.
2014-15 LBSU Women's Basketball Recruiting Class
Jessica Gertz, Fr., 5-10, Guard, Oregon City, Ore. (Oregon City HS)
Gigi Hascheff, So., 5-7, Guard, Reno, Nev. (Sacramento State/Reno HS)
Thaddesia (Desia) Southall, Gr., 6-4, Forward, Long Beach, Calif. (USC/Poly HS)
Cecily Wilson, Fr., 5-8, Guard, Gilbert, Ariz. (Mesquite HS)
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