UMW News BureauUniversity of Montana Western head women’s basketball coach Cara Cocchiarella announced the signing of three new players to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent. Kelci Boyd, a 5’7” guard from Wilsall, Mont., Theresa Banks, a 5’5” guard from Butte, Mont., and Vanessa Jense, a 5’6” guard from Anaconda, Mont., will join the Bulldog basketball program next fall. By Brett Morehouse University of Montana Western head women’s basketball coach Cara Cocchiarella announced the signing of three new players to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent. Kelci Boyd, a 5’7” guard from Wilsall, Mont., Theresa Banks, a 5’5” guard from Butte, Mont., and Vanessa Jense, a 5’6” guard from Anaconda, Mont., will join the Bulldog basketball program next fall. Kelci Boyd is a 2010 graduate of Shields Valley High School in Clyde Park, Mont. Boyd was a four-year letter winner for the Rebels and earned first team recognition at the Class C District 11/12 and Western Divisional basketball tournaments. “Kelci is a great kid and was a successful high school athlete,” Cocchiarella said. “She plays with passion and has a great attitude. Kelci has proved her ability to succeed in a college classroom already and we are looking forward to working with her on the basketball court next season.” Boyd is the daughter of George and Muriel Boyd and is currently pursuing a double major in secondary education in English and history. Theresa Banks will graduate in spring 2011 from Butte Central High School. During her time at Butte Central Banks was part of a basketball program that won conference, divisional and state championships. “Theresa is very excited about the opportunity to play college basketball,” Cocchiarella commented. “We are confident she will make the most of this opportunity and we are looking forward to her becoming a Bulldog.” Banks is the daughter of Peter and Denise Banks and plans to major in elementary education. Vanessa Jense will graduate this spring from Anaconda High School. Jense is a four-year letter winner in volleyball, basketball and softball. She helped lead the Lady Copperheads to three Southwestern A Conference Championships and a Class A State Championship. Jense received First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State recognition during her senior year. “Vanessa is a versatile player who loves to compete,” Cocchiarella noted. “She played for one of the most successful high school basketball programs in the state and we are excited to have her join our program. She is a good fit for Montana Western both athletically and academically.” Jense is the daughter of John Jense and Tara Coughlin and plans to major in health and human performance.