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Warriors fill the paint with Union Mines’ Zaragoza

Jessup women’s basketball recruit
By: Brianna Campbell for The Placer Herald/News Messenger
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William Jessup University women’s basketball head coach Kurt Westendorp added Union Mines High School standout Miranda Zaragoza to his 2017-18 recruiting class.

"We are very excited to welcome Miranda into our Warrior family. Her addition to our program gives us great depth in the post position," Westendorp said.  "Miranda's size, toughness, and length will give us a big boost. She has continued to excel as she has played against tougher competition throughout her high school and club career and I expect that her growth as a player will continue at the college level."  

The 6-foot-3-inch senior finished her career on the Diamondbacks’ hardwood averaging 14.15 points in her 27 game appearances, bringing down on average 9.5 boards per game and 4.8 blocks. Zaragoza helped her team to a 10-0 league record, finishing 20-8 overall after falling to Sacred Heart in the Division IV opening round.

In her final season, she posted a team-high 11 double-doubles, and grabbed a season-high 28 points and 12 rebounds against Sonora. Zaragoza is a year-round basketball player also playing in the Western Basketball Conference.

Zaragoza looks forward to attending Jessup to earn a quality education, be a part of a solid athletics program, all while learning in a faith-based environment.

"I like that the smaller class sizes will enable me to know and be known by my professors and I was impressed by the friendly atmosphere on campus," Zaragoza said. "My final decision was made because I felt a connection with the basketball coaches and players who were friendly, positive and made me feel welcome,"

Pursuing an education in biology, Zaragoza is keeping an open mind about the future, but is looking forward to making lasting friendships to assist her in every aspect of life.

"I believe Miranda's potential is off the charts to be an impact player in the (Golden State Athletic Conference) during her career. In addition to what she can bring us on the court, she's a great fit to add to the Jessup community." Westendorp concluded. "We're blessed to have her be a Warrior."