O'BOYLE INKS FIVE IN 2019 EARLY SIGNING PERIOD

RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Women's Basketball head coach Beth O'Boyle has announced the signing of five student-athletes to their national letters of intent during the 2019 early signing period.

Rain Green, Dasia Townes, Sarah Te-Biasu, Elze Motekaityte and Camila Contreras form the talented five-member signing class. The group hails from Maryland, Texas, Canada and Lithuania.

"We're thrilled to welcome our 2020 class to Ram Nation. As we continue to strive for Atlantic 10 Championships, this class brings athleticism, skill and talent to our program. We believe this class will compete at a high-level and is made up of student-athletes that Ram Nation will enjoy watching," said O'Boyle.

Rain Green is set to join VCU from Baltimore, Md. after playing for Roland Park High School and the Philadelphia Belles where she helped lead the Belles to the U16 USJN National Championship. In 2018-19, Green helped lead Roland Park to a 26-2 overall record as her team eventually reached the IAAM A Championship Game. She led her team in assists and steals as both a sophomore and junior. Green is a multi-sport athlete having also played football and ran track.

"Rain is a phenomenal athlete who plays with a high IQ and great understanding of the game. She's a relentless defender who can also finish at the rim. She can fill the stat sheet with points, steals and assists while bringing a remarkable level of toughness," O'Boyle said.

Dasia Townes joins Green as a fellow Baltimore, Md. native after playing for Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and the Maryland Lady Terps. Townes was named to the ALL-USA Maryland Girls Basketball Second Team as well as First Team All-Metro in 2018-19 after averaging 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game for Poly. Townes led Poly to the Class 3A State Championship game in 2018-19.

"Dasia is an incredible athlete who has a quick first step and a great ability to slash and finish around the basket. She's a lockdown defender who does a great job on the glass and is able to push the tempo. Her length and ability will fit well into our high-pressured defensive system," O'Boyle said.

Sarah Te-Biasu signed with VCU from Montreal, Canada where she has starred for the Canadian youth national teams as well as Canada Elite. Te-Biasu is a member of the U19 Canadian National Team and averaged 8.0 points and 4.0 assists in the 2018 U17 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup. She was named an 2018-19 OSBA First Team All-Star and attends Niagara Prep.

"Sarah is a tremendously talented player who really sees the floor well. She can play off the bounce and create instant offense for her team while getting to the rim, shooting the 3 and create great shots for her teammates. In addition, she can pressure the ball full-court, cause turnovers and brings a high-level of energy," said O'Boyle.

Elze Motekaityte signs with VCU after playing at New Hope Academy and for Maryland's Finest. Motekaityte is from Lithuania and also boasts international experience having played with Lithuania's youth national teams. She competed in the 2017 U16 Women's European Championship and also helped lead her New Hope Academy team to 40-3 record in 2018-19 and a GEICO National Championship.

"Elze is an intense player who plays with a high motor and can score in a variety of ways. She fits well into our up-tempo offense as a three-layered scorer who can shoot deep 3-pointers and post up. She will be a great addition to our program," O'Boyle said. 

Camila Contreras signed with the Rams from Socorro, Texas where she played for San Elizario High School and Team Fusion. Contreras averaged 14.9 points and 10.8 rebounds as a junior in 2018-19. She helped her high school, San Elizario, to 25 wins last year and a bidistrict playoff victory. Contreras was also a standout volleyball player at San Elizario.

"Camila is a strong inside player who will help us control the paint. She's a rim protector who is very active on the glass. In addition, Camila brings an intense work ethic with an excellent skill set which includes a soft touch around the basket," said O'Boyle.