APSU Sports: Austin Peay Women’s Basketball
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team continues to build its 2013-14 roster, adding Beth Rates, of Hawesville, KY, who signed a national letter of intent during the early signing period.
Rates, a 6-1 center, averaged 15.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season for Hancock County High School. She finished the campaign ranked among the states leaders in field-goal percentage (57.4 percent). Rates was the Region 3 Player of the Year and honorable mention all-state pick. She was named to the All-Region 3 team, District 11 squad and was an All-Class A pick. Rates also was selected to the 2012 Kentucky Junior All-Star squad.
“Adding Beth to our roster brings us some versatility to the frontcourt,” said Lady Govs head coach Carrie Daniels. “She is a post with guard skills. Beth has continued to improve her game each and every year and I have no doubt that will continue throughout her collegiate career. She has a good touch, handles the ball well, has a good nose for the ball and has extremely good hands.”
Rates was ranked one of Kentucky’s top 25 players in USA Today’s preseason rankings as voted by the state’s coaches. Rick Bolus’ Basketball recruiting service ranked her among the state’s top 25 players as well.