Rio Grande Sports Information
MASON, Ohio – University of Rio Grande women's basketball head coach David Smalley has announced the signing of Mason High School's Aly Herren for the 2013-14 season.
Herren, a 5-foot-5 guard, averaged just over four points, three assists and two steals per game for head coach Rob Matula's Comets, who finished the 2012-13 campaign at 22-2 after a 67-63 overtime loss to Fairmont in the Division I regional semifinals.
"The feeling of being able to say, 'I'm playing for Rio Grande', is exciting," Herren said. "I'm proud to be playing for Rio. I've dreamed of playing college basketball ever since I started playing. It feels so good to know I've reached that goal."
Herren was a three-year varsity player at Mason and was a starter for each of the past two seasons, connecting on 23 three-point goals as a senior.
She also excelled academically and on a civic level, earning a mathematics achievement award as a junior and an Outstanding Citizen honor from the Kiwanis Club.
"We're happy to be adding Aly to our Rio Grande family. She's a good student and was part of a very successful high school team," Smalley said. "She had a great visit when she was here back in April and she showed us that she has the ability to shoot the three. She's going to give us some added depth in the backcourt."
Herren, who plans to major in Education/Intervention Specialist, elected to sign with RedStorm despite also drawing recruiting interest from Shawnee State University, the University of Mount Union and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
"I felt very comfortable when I walked on the court and I felt like I could carry over what I did at Mason," she said. "The (Rio Grande players) were a huge part of that."
Herren said she like to improve on her ability to penetrate to the basket, but added that she thinks there are plenty of positives she can bring to the program.
"I can bring shooting, defene, leadership, energy and a hard work ethic," said Herren. "My goal is to help my teammates, and myself, to be as good as we can be and to take our team to a championship through a strong team work ethic."
Herren is the daughter of Dean and Annette Herren of Mason.