By Stephanie Hammon
Monday, August 15th, 2011 at 2:29 pm in Girls basketball.
Mikayla Cowling, a 6-foot-1 girls basketball player from St. Mary’s High, has given an oral commitment to Cal.
An incoming sophomore who still has more than two years before she can sign her letter of intent, Cowling is a longtime fan of the program.
“I love the school,” she said. “I’ve been there many times with my family and have grown to love it. From the beginning I wanted to go to Cal.”
Cowling also spoke highly of Cal’s new coaching staff and her future teammates.
Though she also had some interest in LSU, UCLA and USC as well as Loyola Marymount, where her older sister, Alex, plays, Cowling’s decision to attend Cal was not a difficult one.
“If she was 5-foot-2 and couldn’t walk, she’d still go to Cal,” said Nate Fripp, who coaches Cowling at St. Mary’s.
Cowling averaged 8.2 points per game last year for the Panthers, who reached the Division IV state title game. She should play an even bigger role this season with the graduation of Division I-bound forwards Emily Vann and Cody Sims.
In other girls basketball recruiting news, Acalanes forward Sophie Taylor and Miramonte guard/forward Janine Loutzenhiser have made commitments to Loyola Marymount and Rider, respectively. Both will be seniors in the fall.