Here's the last of the series looking at newcomers joining conference teams for the upcoming season.
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- Morgan Manz, a 6-foot-1 freshman forward: She played four varsity seasons in high school, the last three with The Taft School in Watertown, Conn. No high school stats available, but she is versatile enough to have played point guard in high school for a portion of her career before moving up front. We saw her play in the 2011 GymRat AAU tournament, and here's the report on her from that event: "Big, solid body. Typical power forward skills, yet a nice touch from the perimeter. She moves well for her size and strength. Good, strong player who knows how to use her strength to her advantage on both ends of the court." Here's what Quinnipiac coach Tricia Fabbri said about Manz, in a release issued by the school: "Morgan fits that versatile power forward position that can really shoot the ball. She has tremendous deep three-point range with a super quick release. We are excited to have her join our squad and can make an immediate impact for us."
- Brianah Ramos, 5-9 freshman guard: She played at the high school level at DePaul H.S. in New Jersey where she averaged about 18 points per game this past season. She was an all-New Jersey all-star selection for this past season. She was also her school's class salutatorian. "Brianna is a really strong athlete who comes from a great high school program," said Fabbri. "I'm excited that she's here. She can be explosive offensively but she is also a tremendous defender. She is a great addition to the program."
ANALYSIS: The program doesn't need a lot of immediate help, not after finishing with 30 victories last season and having eight of its top nine layers returning. But, Manz is a good one, based on personal observation. She should get into the playing group quickly and eventually be a factor in the conference. And, Ramos is an explosive, athletic guard who should also make some early contributions. Those two should help ensure Quinnipiac's recent run of success will continue in future seasons.