April 29, 2016
BOISE, Idaho - Gordy Presnell, Boise State's head women's basketball coach, announced today the addition of Ellie Woerner (Sammamish, Wash.) who signed a financial add agreement Friday with the Broncos. Woerner is a transfer from the University of Portland with three years of eligibility remaining. However, she will sit out the 2016-17 campaign per NCAA transfer rules.
"We are excited to have Ellie join our program," Presnell said. "Ellie is a nice fit for our team as an athletic wing who can score. She is a student-athlete of high character who will bring a lot to our program once she can play after sitting out a year. I am looking forward to Ellie being a part of our team and to coaching her for the next four years."
Woerner started 28 of 29 games played as a freshman at Portland this past season, She led the team and was ranked 13th in the West Coast Conference in scoring averaging 11.8 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the floor. Woerner shot a team-high 38.9 percent (44-113) from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent (63-87) from the free-throw line to rank seventh and 15th, respectively, in the WCC.
She recorded double-digit points 22 times during the campaign with a season-high 19 points against Willamette (Nov. 14) and San Francisco (Jan. 28). Woerner had a season-high nine rebounds versus Pepperdine (Dec. 23) and recorded five or more boards eight times.
The native of Sammamish, Wash., had a first hand look at the Broncos on December 6 when Boise State played at Portland. Woerner scored 10 points to go with two rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes of action during a 89-49 Boise State victory.
The 6-foot wing has Boise State ties, she was a teammate of current Broncos Marijke Vanderschaaf and Joyce Harrell for the Tree of Hope Basketball Club in Seattle coached by Damien Young. She also played with Vanderschaaf at Eastlake High School in Sammamish.
As a prep star at Eastlake she led the KingCo 4A league in scoring at 18.3 points per game as a senior en route to first-team all-league honors. She was also a member of the Washington State Senior All-Star team and was named the Seattle Times Girls Basketball Standout Player of the Week twice during her senior campaign. She finished her career as a two-time all-conference honoree, was a two-time team captain and team MVP her senior season.