Finlandia Lions women’s basketball team adds three recruits

HANCOCK — Finlandia University women’s basketball coach Terry Klemett is pleased to announce Caitlin Hewitt (5-6, Westwood High School), Karli Michaels (5-4, Chassell High School) and Quincy Lorenzetti (5-5, Hancock Central High) have committed to play for the university’s basketball team this upcoming season.

Hewitt is a transfer student coming in from Concordia University Wisconsin. She averaged 11 points, four assists and four steals as a senior at Westwood, while shooting 36 percent from beyond the 3-point line.

“I recruited Caitlin very hard as senior and I am excited that she decided to transfer in,” Klemett said. “She’s had some injuries over the course of a few years, but I really feel she is going to break that and give our team much needed shooting and energy. She knows how to play, has a smooth stroke and is a relentless defender. She plays all out all the time and that’s what our program is about.”

Hewitt, who earned All-Conference First Team and All Conference Defensive Team honors during the 2013-14 season, will be entering Finlandia’s nursing program.

Michaels was a star on and off the court at Chassell, where she was a National Honor Society member, graduated with a 3.97 grade point average and was named All-Conference Second Team.

“Karli has had some big games in her high school career and is going to be a great addition to our team,” Klemett said. “She handles the ball extremely well and has the potential to be a very good point guard at this level. I had the opportunity to coach her in junior high, and she always worked hard and could handle a lot of pressure situations.”

Lorenzetti was big part of a Hancock Bulldogs team that went 15-7 this season, including earning a spot in the district championship game.

“Quincy can really shoot the ball, and has a good understanding of how to play,” Klemett said. “I really feel that this will be breath of fresh air for her. As she learns to push herself more and more, she is going to be real special player for our team. She played on a good high school team, and it’s nice to have a player in our backyard want to continue to play and be part of the winning tradition that our program has had.”

Lorenzetti will dual major in healthcare management and physical therapist assistant.