OXFORD, Ind. (WLFI) - Cassidy Deno and Caitlyn Tolen helped the Bison win 81 games while racking up a combined 2,900 points in four years at Benton Central.
The dangerous duo signed letters of intent together in front of family and friends on Wednesday afternoon. Deno will spend the next four years at Purdue Calumet while Tolen is headed to IUPUI to play for former Boilermaker Austin Parkinson.
"My four years at Benton Central are done which is depressing but it is a happy time to move on now. Caitlyn is my best friend and we got to do it on the same day. We're both going our separate ways but it's still exciting for us to be able to do it on the same night," said Benton Central senior Cassidy Deno.
Deno will head to Purdue Calumet which is a program that just wrapped up its second-straight 20-win season in 2012-13, advancing to the NAIA Tournament for the first time since 1995-96. The Peregrines set a school record with 2,555 points this season, while ranking fourth in the NAIA Div. II with 82.4 points per game.
Tolen chose IUPUI over Texas Tech and Indiana and joins three fellow incoming freshmen – Kelsi Byrd (Crawfordsville, Ind./North Montgomery), Mikale Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) and Nia Pappas (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) – to make up the Jaguars 2013 recruiting class. Byrd, Rogers and Pappas all signed with the Jags back in November.
"I'm super excited to be a lady Jag. I love Coach Parkinson and all the coaching staff. I totally believe in what they are doing and I love the team, school, and I'm just really excited," said Benton Central senior Caitlyn Tolen.
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