April 25, 2014

CSUN Women's Hoops Signs Caroline Gilling and Tessa Boagni to National Letters of Intent

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- 

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball program has added Caroline Gilling and Tessa Boagni to the roster for the upcoming 2014-15 season, Matador head coach Jason Flowers announced. A pair of international prospects, both Gilling and Boagni have had outstanding prep and international careers that will help them make the transition to NCAA Division I basketball.

Gilling originally hails from Denmark while Boagni is a native of New Zealand. Both have signed National Letters of Intent with the Matadors and will have four years of playing eligibility at CSUN.

"We are excited to add Caroline and Tessa to our basketball family. Both young ladies come from outstanding families and possess a strong work ethic and character that will help them excel on the court and in the classroom," CSUN head coach Jason Flowers said.

Boagni is a 6-2 center/forward originally from Christchurch, New Zealand. She helped lead her team to the NZ Secondary School Girls "AA" title and earned Most Valuable Player honors after finishing with 28 points and 17 rebounds in the championship victory. Boagni scored her team's first eight points and her MVP honors in hoops mirrored her MVP award in volleyball at the national schools volleyball tournament.

Basketball is something that runs deeply in her family's blood. Her mom was a former captain of the New Zealand women's national team. Her dad played at Kansas and Cal State Fullerton, was a draft pick of the Utah Jazz and played professionally in New Zealand.

Her siblings are equally adept at basketball. Her older sister played at SUNY-Buffalo and in top leagues in Germany and Australia. Her brother played at Brown and is a member of the Canterbury Rams in the New Zealand National Basketball League.

Boagni has also been a fixture on the New Zealand national team as well. She was a member of the New Zealand's 3-on-3 team that participated in the world championships in Jakarta, Indonesia. She was a member of the New Zealand U-16 team and was invited to the trials for the New Zealand National women's team.

"Tessa is a talented athlete who has competed at some of the highest levels in multiple sports," Flowers said. "She adds depth and size to our roster. Her pedigree speaks for itself and I fully expect her to challenge and compete for playing time right away."

Gilling is a 6-1 forward from Denmark who has excelled for her national team. She has been invited to be a member of the Under-20 national team and was on both the U-16 and U-15 squads. She was voted the most improved player at the FIBA Europe U-15 Girls Camp in Slovenia.

Like Boagni, Gilling comes from a rich heritage of basketball in her family. Her brother plays at Arizona State and her sister is playing at Washington.

As the youngest member of the Horsholm 79ers of the Danish Women's League last year, Gilling averaged 5.8 points and 3.4 points while shooting 47 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range.

"Caroline is another strong athlete who has the ability and acumen to help our team in a lot of ways," Flowers added. "She can defend inside and rebound while also being equally adept at facing up and playing out beyond the 3-point line."

With the addition of Boagni  and Gilling, CSUN is up to 14 student-athletes on the 2014-15 roster. The Matadors return all five starters from last season, including All-Big West honorees Ashlee Guay, Janae Sharpe, Cinnamon Lister and Camille Mahlknecht. However, the roster for the upcoming season is not finalized and is subject to change.

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