WALLA WALLA — Kati Isham, a 5-foot-8 guard on Walla Walla Community College’s women’s basketball team, has signed a national letter of intent with Boise State, where she will continue her collegiate career in 2010-11.
Isham, who is from Howe, Idaho, and graduated from Butte County High in Arco, Idaho, was the NWAACC Eastern Region Player of the Year during her freshman season at WWCC. She averaged 23.8 points per game on the season after averaging 28 per game during the non-league season.
She led the Warriors to a 24-8 record overall and a fourth-place finish in last spring’s NWAACC Championships in Kennewick.
Isham already ranks first in two statistical categories and second in two others in WWCC’s women’s basketball record book.
She ranks first in single-season scoring average (23.8) and first in free throws made in a single game (15). And she’s second in points scored in a single season (637) and second in free throws made in a single season (157).
Isham tallied 30-or-more points five times during her freshman season.
"Kati is a pleasure to coach," Warriors coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "She’s obviously a very good basketball player, but more important she is a wonderful person.
"As a player she is unselfish — sometimes too unselfish — and we are very lucky to have her here."
Hazeltine, an Idaho product herself, believes Isham made a good choice in signing with the Broncos.
"At Boise State, Kati will be counted on to shoot the ball pretty much every time she touches it," Hazeltine said. "She should have a good career there, and we all think she made a great choice."
But first there is the 2009-10 season to deal with. The Warriors open play Friday in the Yakima Valley Invitational.
"The most exciting thing for us is that Kati has one more year here," Hazeltine said. "She should break many records this year, and we have a chance to do really well with her leading our team this season."