Smesko Adds Bomben to FGCU Women's Basketball Program
Thursday, August 13, 2009
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Kiara Bomben, a 5’10 guard/forward from Ankeny High School in Ankeny, Iowa, has signed on as the newest member of the FGCU women's basketball program, head coach Karl Smesko announced.

“Kiara is an important addition for us,” said Smesko. “She is a skilled player who has versatility. She is a great fit with our style of play, and she has a great enthusiasm for the game.”

Bomben was a foreign exchange student at Ankeny HS and played for Coach Dejong. During her senior year averaged 12.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals.

The Canberra, Australia native earned First Team CIML All-Central Conference, Second Team All-State CIML, and Third Team Iowa Class 4A All-State honors.

Bomben joins Eglah Griffin, Sarah Hansen, and Chrissy Rivette, as newcomers. Griffin, a Fort Myers, Fla. native, joined the FGCU women’s basketball program after playing one season at Seminole Community College where she played for head coach Maureen Smith. While at Seminole CC, Griffin averaged 17 points, 1.8 steals, shot 41 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. Hansen, an Edinboro, Pa. native, finished her high school career with 1,299 points and a school record 984 career rebounds. She averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 3.5 steals while shooting 42 percent from the field for the General McLane Lancers, who went 26-2 and won their second straight district title last season. Rivette, of Fenton, Mich., made over 200 3-pointers while shooting 47 percent behind the arc. She averaged 19 points and nine rebounds last season.

Smesko and the Eagles had great success this season with an A-Sun Regular Season Championship and a 26-5 record. FGCU advanced to the second round of the WNIT for the second consecutive year before losing in overtime to eventual champion USF.