Milwaukee Women Add Two With Signings
May 8, 2014
MILWAUKEE - Jaleesa Armstrong of Chicago, Ill., and Alexis Lindstrom of Howards Grove, Wis., have both signed to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, head coach Kyle Rechlicz announced today.
"These two players could not have come at a better time for our program," Rechlicz said. "We are excited about the direction our team is headed and both Jaleesa and Alexis fit our culture. We have taken a big step by adding them and I look forward to watching them both grow as Panthers."
Armstrong did not play last season after competing at Malcolm X College as a sophomore and Southern Illinois University as a freshman. She will be eligible to play for the Panthers next season. A point guard, she averaged an impressive 20.9 points per game in 26 contests for Malcolm X in 2012-13, including 42 points in the National Junior College Athletic Association's regional championship game. She shot 44.1 percent from the floor while also adding 8.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.
As a freshman for the Salukis, Armstrong appeared in 23 games, averaging close to two points per contest. She played three years on the varsity at Bogan High School before missing her senior season due to injury, averaging 11.5 points and 7.8 assists. She set the school career assist record and was ranked a three-star recruit and 55th at point guard by ESPN HoopGurlz.
"Jaleesa brings a wealth of experience and leadership to our team," Rechlicz said. "She has the ability to score, but is always looking to make plays for her teammates first. She brings a different style of game to our program and I know that she is going to work hard to elevate our play next season."
Lindstrom will be a transfer into the Milwaukee program after spending the past two seasons at Northern Illinois University. This past season, she played in all 30 games for the Huskies, making four starts and averaging over 17 minutes per game. She averaged 5.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and was a potent three-point weapon, making 48 three's on the season. In fact, she finished fourth in the MAC, hitting on close to 40 percent shooting from long range. That followed a freshman season where she averaged almost five points a game and shot 42.5 percent on three-pointers.
She will have to sit out the 2014-15 campaign due to transfer rules but will have two seasons left at UWM. A four-year letterwinner at Howards Grove High School as a prep, she averaged 17 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 4.6 steals as a senior to lead her team to conference, regional and sectional titles. She was a WBCA and Associated Press First-Team All-State honoree and the area Player of the Year.
"We truly wish that Alexis could play this season, but we will all have to wait a year to see her in a Panther uniform," Rechlicz said. "She is a proven sharp-shooter from behind the arc and is ready to take the rest of her game to an entire new level. Her competiveness will help us from day one in practice and we are excited to see her leadership in action."