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    Nov. 13, 2013

    CARBONDALE, Ill. --Saluki women's basketball announced the signing of two student-athletes for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday -- Kylie Giebelhausen of East Peoria High School in East Peoria, Ill., and Celina Van Hyfte of Annawan High School of Annawan, Ill.

    Giebelhausen and Van Hyfte are the first two signees of the Cindy Stein era at SIU.

    Kylie Giebelhausen
    East Peoria High School
    East Peoria, Ill.
    Guard, 6-1
    Pronunciation: Gable-housen
    Intended Major: Physical Therapy

    Giebelhausen was a 2012-13 First-Team All-Mid Illini Conference honoree after an impressive junior season at East Peoria High School in which she lead her team in scoring, rebounds, blocks, assists, and steals. Her average of 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks per game earned her 2012-13 third-team All-Area and the 2012-13 Manual Holiday All-Tournament Team, in addition to her all-conference distinction. A three-year varsity letterwinner, Giebelhausen also earned second-team all-conference honors her sophomore season, was a 2013 IHSA state tennis qualifier and she currently ranks 10th in her graduating class. Giebelhausen is the niece of Drake head men's basketball coach Ray Giacoletti, who is in his first season in Des Moines in 2013-14.

    "Kylie is a competitor and determined young lady," head coach Cindy Stein said."She has the potential to play any of the guard spots as well as the four spot for us.Kylie has a high basketball IQ, sees the floor very well, can get to the basket or shoot the three.Her rebounding ability is another great asset and her length provides the ability to be a great defender. Kylie is also an outstanding student and will most likely finish in the Top 10 in her senior class. We are looking forward to her being a part of our Saluki family."

    Celina Van Hyfte
    Annawan High School
    Annawan Ill.
    Forward, 6-0
    Pronunciation: Van HEFF-tee
    Intended Major: Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Science

    Van Hyfte already has an impressive resume built at the onset of her senior year at Annawan High School in Annawan, Ill. Included in her long list of accolades are three Associated Press All-State honors, three state championship all-tournament team honors, three Annawan MVPs, two Chicago Sun-Times first-team all-state awards, two Champaign News-Gazette second-team honors, two Quad City Times Player of the Year awards and she was a finalist for the Miss Illinois Basketball award in 2011. Van Hyfte has been the leading scorer each season at Annawan, where she currently holds 1,849 points and 895 rebounds through three seasons. Van Hyfte currently averages a double-double for her high school career at 20.1 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She has twice set the school single-season record in scoring, and is on pace to break the all-time record during her senior season. Her teams have gone 82-11 since 2010, which has included a 60-5 mark over the past two seasons that included two trips to the state Final Four and a third-place finish in 2013.

    Van Hyfte comes from a gifted, athletic lineage. Her mother, Valerie (Wancket) Van Hyfte, played basketball at Bradley University and is a member of the Bradley Hall of Fame and the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame. Her father, Ted, was a defensive back at Wake Forest. This season, Celina is on pace to break her mother's all-time high school scoring record of 2,575 points among schools in western Illinois.

    "Celina will be a force for us inside," Stein said. "She has incredible natural strength and presence.Celina has a variety of post moves and will have the ability to step out and shoot the three with accuracy.Celina is also a natural vocal leader and has a tremendous work ethic. We see her being able to step in and be a vital part of our team immediately. Celina has broken so many records already at her high school and she has the potential to enhance those accomplishments even further after another year.We can't wait for her to get on campus and join us in our championship pursuit."