Northwest Missouri State "Bearcats" from Maryville, MO

Bearcat women add six recruits, including Platte Valley’s Maggie Collins

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Northwest Missouri State University’s women’s basketball team welcomes six new recruits for the 2024-25 season.

Aliyah Al-Hameed, a guard from Waukee, Iowa, was a standout player at Minnehaha Academy and Holt High School in St. Louis, Mo. She played AAU basketball with North Tartan (Minn.) and All Iowa Attack.

Maggie Collins, a forward from Barnard, Mo., led Platte Valley High School to a final four appearance in 2023. She earned multiple accolades, including being named the 2022 KMA Missouri Player of the Year. Her mother, Mary Collins, was a former Bearcat women’s basketball team member.

Sadie Maas, a forward from Waukee, Iowa, excelled in basketball and volleyball at Waukee Northwest High School. She played AAU basketball for the All Iowa Attack and won state titles in both sports.

Kenzie Melcher, a guard from Bellevue, Neb., contributed significantly to her team’s success at Bellevue West High School, earning all-metro and all-state honors. She played AAU basketball for All Iowa Attack.

Brooklyn Stanley, a guard from Sioux City, Iowa, played a key role in Bishop Heelan High School’s state tournament appearances in 2022 and 2023. She received IGCA first-team all-state honors and played AAU basketball for Sanford Sports Academy.

Aaliyah Riley, a guard from Johnston, Iowa, helped guide the Dragons to the 2023 Class 5A state title game. She was named the unanimous conference player of the year and received all-state tournament team honors.