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Hester commits to Xavier

| Monday, June 20, 2005

Bethel Park rising senior Maureen Hester will continue her basketball career at Xavier University after graduation.

Hester made a verbal commitment yesterday after two visits to the school. She chose Xavier over Villanova, Seton Hall, Pitt and DePaul.

"I absolutely loved the coaching staff," Hester said. "They also have a great academic program, so it was the right fit for me."

Hester will sign a national letter of intent in November.

She joins guard Danielle Gratton as a Division I recruit from last season's WPIAL finalist team. Gratton will attend the University of Illinois in the fall.

Hester, a 6-1 forward, averaged 11.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last year.

She becomes the second WPIAL star to commit to Xavier during the offseason. McKeesport guard Amy Johns verbally committed to the Musketeers in late April.

"Amy (Johns) and I are excited," Hester said. "We were on the same AAU team, and we've been friends for years."

The Musketeers (22-10) won a share of the Atlantic 10 Conference West Division title last year.

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