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Purdue Women's Basketball Recruiting

Beth Jones

        Class of                        2000
        School                          Mason HS, OH
        Height and Weight               5'9
        Position                        Shooting Guard
        98-99 Ratings                   
        Academically Eligible           Yes
        Status                          Signed Purdue
        AAU team                        Dayton Lady Hoopsters


Player News · Game Stats · Season Stats · Honors · Schedule

Current Player News

2-26-00...Ohio's top team and the nation's No. 2 team according to USA TODAY Mason HS, won their fifth straight sectional title with a 69-35 win over Withrow (16-6). Mason was led on the interior by Michelle Munoz with 27 points, followed by Beth Jones with 11 points. Next game: A win today by Lindsey Hicks' Lebanon team will set up another clash between two Purdue signees. Mason advances to play the winner of the Lebanon/St. Ursula game in the Division I district title game at noon March 4 at Wilmington College.

2-24-00...In the first round of the Ohio state tournament, Mason defeated Cincinnati Seton 51-30. Junior forward Michelle Munoz had a game high 25 in the paint while Jones bombed three three-pointers from the perimeter. Jones finished with 11 points. Next game: 2/24/00 vs. Cincinnati Withrow (16-5)

01-10-00...USA TODAY had Mason High as the nation's #2 girls high school team, and Mason still has a stranglehold on the top spot in the Ohio high school polls. Mason moves to 10-0 with an 84-44 victory over Northwest yesterday, again taking advantage of the inside-outside duo of Munoz and Jones. Beth Jones hit a season-high six shots from the perimeter and finished with 22 points. Munoz added 23.

01-07-00...Ohio girls basketball programs across the state let out a collective cry of relief Friday as Mason showed it can have a bad night. Mason still managed to hang on to a 49-41 win over Harrison, but switching defenses held Jones to just 4 points on the evening. Mason also went with a 3-2 zone and limited Munoz to just four points in the second half. Mason eventually pulled away by hitting their freethrows late in the game. It remains to be seen if Mason's nation ranking is affected by this close game.

12-31-99...Mason held Toledo Central Catholic scoreless until 3:08 remained in the first quarter while jumping out to a 9-0 lead on the way to a 51-35 victory in the championship game of the Mason Holiday Classic. The game was a rematch of a Division I state state semifinal last year. Mason won that game 51-45. Both Beth Jones and Michelle Munoz finished with 19 points.

12-06-99...It is clear that defenses will have to pay more attention to the perimeter skills of Jones if they are going to try to keep the game from being an absolute blowout. But if you switch and double Jones and also Munoz, that means there is only one person left to guard junior Jere Issenmann. While Jones had her best offensive output of this young season, leading all scorers with 23 points - only three less than the entire Anderson team scored in the entire game, Issenmann was red hot from the perimeter. Issenmann hit five threes and Jones added three more, as Mason cruised to a 79-26 victory over Anderson. Mason is 2-0, currently ranked #2 in the nation by USA TODAY.

12-01-99...The outlook for another run at a national title for Mason High is promising. Mason was the chosen as the preseason #1 team in the state of Ohio, and USA TODAY has picked Mason at preseason #2 in the nation. The loss of 6'1 post player Dallas Williams will be felt, but the team has plenty of talent returning including four starters. Likely to replace the interior play of Williams is 6'1 juniorpost Michelle Munoz. Munoz, like her NFL father, is a handful and will demand the attention of more than one defender. The Tennessee-bound Munoz has great moves to go along with a powerful body. If Munoz dominates the paint as expected, it should allow mason's perimeter game to thrive. That's where the numbers of Beth Jones could increase tremendously from her 11.5 average as a junior. Mason has several good perimeter shooters to compliment Jones. What will be the test is trying to bring along the new members of the team while keeping the veterans healthy. Only sixe player return from last year's team, but they were all important pieces to the team's success last year. Barring injury, this team could again push for the honor of best team in the nation.

11-13-99...Purdue recruit Beth Jones has officially signed her national letter of intent to play for Purdue. "Beth is a pure shooter," Purdue head coach Curry says. "She has tremendous leadership skills and will give us instant depth on the perimeter. Another great thing about Beth is that she comes from a winning high school program. She knows what it takes to be successful."

07-08-99...One of the best players on one of the best teams in the nation has verballed to Purdue basketball. Rising senior winger Beth Jones from Mason High, Ohio, has given the staff a verbal commitment. Jones functions as a swing player and offensive creater on a Mason squad that also contains two elite high school players. Jones averaged 11.5 points as a junior and was the team's best perimeter defender. For more details, check out this Journal and Courier article.

03-20-99...With #1 rankings in the state and in the country on the line, Mason could not overcome a determined Pickerington team in the Ohio Division I title game. Playing without their shooter Beth Jones, out due to a knee injury suffered in the semifinal game, Pickerington defeated Mason 46-30. Mason had not been held to under 53 points all season, that mark coming in a victory against Pickerington earlier in the year. Pickerington, ranked #3 in the country by USA TODAY, took the state championship after defeting another Purdue-bound player's team in the semifinals...Elise Inman's Wadsworth High.

03-19-99...Mason will be without starting off-guard Beth Jones after she suffered a dislocated knee off a rebound in the semifinals of the Ohio state championship. Mason went on to win 51-45 over Toledo Catholic. Before Jones had to leave the game, she had five points and three assists.


Additional articles of interest...

Opponents struggle to find weakness in Mason
Mason rolls to regional win
USA TODAY ranks Mason #1 in the nation
Jones defeats Hicks' Lebanon squad, 88-41
Mason voted the best team in Ohio
Mason defeats Ohio power Pickerington


Single Game Statistics

DATE       MIN FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA RB A B S PTS
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01-09-00        7      2      6               22 Won 84- Northwest 44
01-07-00        1      2      0                4 Won 49- Harrison 41
12-31-99        6      6      1               19 Won 51- Central Catholic 35
12-19-99        4      4      3               15 Won 65- Glen Este 30
12-17-99        2      1      0                5 Won 75- Amelia 39
12-10-99        8      1                      17 Won 67- Winton Woods 23
12-05-99        9      2      3               23 Won 79- Anderson 26
03-11-99        1   8  0   0  0        3   4   2 Won 53- Trotwood 37
02-26-99       10      0   0  4               24 Won 88- Lebanon 41


Season to Date Statistics

Season thru      PPG  FG%  FT%  3P%  RPG APG SPG BPG  RECORD RANK
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98-99 season    11.5                                   26-1   #2(OH) #3(US)


Awards and Honors

99-00 season    All-American Honorable Mention (Street & Smith)


1999-00 Season Schedule for Mason

Date        Day     Time      Opponent
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