Louisiana Tech adds three to roster - 16 hours ago
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Louisiana Tech co-head coach Brooke Stoehr announced Monday the addition of three scholarship student-athletes to the Lady Techster basketball roster. Former Arcadia High School star and Texas A&M transfer Shlonte' Allen (5'8''-G-93) has graduated from College Station and signed a financial aid agreement to play her final year in Ruston. Allen will be joined by a pair of incoming freshmen in guards Ashley Reid(5'6''-G) and Daria McCutcheon, who both originally signed to play for Stoehr at... [read more]
Louisiana Tech co-head coach Brooke Stoehr announced Monday the addition of three scholarship student-athletes to the Lady Techster basketball roster. Former Arcadia High School star and Texas A&M transfer Shlonte' Allen (5'8''-G-93) has graduated from College Station and signed a financial aid agreement to play her final year in Ruston. Allen will be joined by a pair of incoming freshmen in guards Ashley Reid (5'6''-G) and Daria McCutcheon, who both originally signed to play for Stoehr at Northwestern State. Allen prepped at Arcadia High School where she was a two-time all-state selection, scoring 21 points and earning MVP honors while leading the Hornets to the 2010 Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class A state title as a junior. "I am thilled to be able to add Shlonte' to the Lady Techster family," Stoehr said. "Having the ability to add a local student athlete with her skill set, championship experiences and desire to win was a tremendous opportunity for our program. She has been a part of championship programs and has been prepared by great coaches at the collegiate level at both Trinity Valley and Texas A&M. "Shlonte' is a natural scorer and is very comfortable with the ball in her hands. She will add valuable experience and maturity on the court for us. I am excited to watch her continued growth on the court as she pursues her graduate degree from Louisiana Tech. It is great to be able to welcome her back home." Allen then signed at Trinity Valley Community College where she led the Cardinals to back-to-back National Junior College Athletic Association national championships. She broke a 26-year-old Trinity Valley single game scoring record with 52 points against Panola, a record previously held by Stephen F. Austin All-American Portia Hill in 1988. She averaged 18.5 points per game and was named an NJCAA All-American as a sophomore while averaging 15.8 points and earning NJCAA Second Team All-American honors as a freshman. Allen was rated as the top junior college guard and the No. 2 overall player in the junior college ranks by All-Star Girls Report, choosing Texas A&M over Tennessee, Rutgers and Mississippi State. She spent two years in College Station, missing the majority of her first season due to an injury. She saw action in 25 games, making one start while playing behind two seniors last year. She scored a season-high nine points in a win over UALR while scoring six points and registering three steals in a victory over No. 11 Mississippi State. Reid is a 5-foot-6-inch guard out of Wichita Falls, Texas who lettered at S.H. Rider High School where she was a two-time all-state selection, a 4-time all-district selection and was named the Texas 5A player of the year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. "I am excited to welcome Ashley to the Lady Techster program," Stoehr said. "She brings a level of quickness with the ball in her hands that will be exciting to watch," Stoehr said. She is very efficient playing off the ball screen and can attack the rim and play in the open court. She can pressure the ball and create turnovers. Ashley has been a part of a very successful high school program and knows how to compete for championships and play in pressure situations. Her drive and desire to be successful both on and off the court make her a great fit for our program and what we're trying to build." The 3-time academic all-district selection was also named the Nicki Athlete of the Year by the city of Wichita Falls as a sophomore and senior and the Wichita Falls Player of the Year by the Times Record News as a sophomore. She averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 assists and 5.0 steals per game as a junior. She also lettered on the track and field team all four years, competing in the 100-meters, 400 x 100 meters, long jump and triple jump. McCutcheon is a 5-foot-8 guard out of Plano East High School in Texas. She helped lead the program to the UIL state playoffs as a freshman and junior and was a three-time all-district honoree. "We are thrilled to add Daria to the Louisiana Tech family," Stoehr said. "She brings a level of quickness and athleticism on the perimeter that will be great for our team. Daria is a tough competitor who can create a shot for herself or her teammates. She is a tremendous on-ball defender and will give us depth and athleticism on the perimeter. Daria excels in the classroom and will represent Lady Techster basketball in the right way." McCutcheon was named the district Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and the Plano East High School Female Athlete of the Year as a senior. She averaged 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game as a junior and was a member of the National Honor Society. She originally signed with Northwestern State, choosing the Demons over Seton Hall, UALR and Boston University. Courtesy of: latechsports.com
Dominique Duck joins Morehead State as assistant coach - 12 days ago
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Dominique Duck, a Pittsburgh, Pa., native, has been named an assistant coach for the Morehead State women's basketball program. Duck comes to Morehead State after spending last season as an assistant coach at Chowan University (N.C.). She helped lead the Hawks to their first 20-win season, along with their first trip to the CIAA Final Four since 2012. At Chowan, she was responsible for organizing and overseeing all on-court workouts, preparing scouting reports and game plans, arranging te... [read more]
Dominique Duck, a Pittsburgh, Pa., native, has been named an assistant coach for the Morehead State women's basketball program. Duck comes to Morehead State after spending last season as an assistant coach at Chowan University (N.C.). She helped lead the Hawks to their first 20-win season, along with their first trip to the CIAA Final Four since 2012. At Chowan, she was responsible for organizing and overseeing all on-court workouts, preparing scouting reports and game plans, arranging team travel and meals, and developing post players, including Alisha Mobley, a member of the 2016 All-CIAA Team and All-CIAA Tournament Team. "Dominique will be a big asset to our program with her tremendous playing background and her variety of experiences at different coaching levels," said head coach Greg Todd . "Her AAU experience will add some valuable recruiting contacts to our staff." Prior to her year with the Hawks, Duck was a head coach and an assistant coach at various levels, including grade school, high school and AAU, from 2011 to 2015. In 2010-11. she served as a graduate assistant at Slippery Rock University (Pa.). Duck played at Western Kentucky from 2006-10 and is a member of the 1,000-point club. She is also a member of the prestigious All-Diddle Arena Team, which recognizes the top ten Lady Toppers in the 50-year history of Diddle Arena. In 2008, she was named Sun Belt Tournament MVP as she helped lead the Lady Toppers to a Sun Belt Tournament title and their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2003. "I am excited to join Coach Todd and his staff, and I look forward to this season," said Duck. "I am anxious to get to work with these young ladies in an effort to help develop them into winners on and off the court. I am proud to be an Eagle." Courtesy of: msueagles.com
Two former Kentucky prep standouts walking on with Cats - 12 days ago
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If team photo day is any indication, at least two new faces will be on the Kentucky bench this season, bringing the Cats up to nine available players for Matthew Mitchell. Two former high school standouts from Kentucky, Jessica Hardin of Wayne County and Rachel Potter of Pikeville, both took part in a recent casual photo day with the team [read more]
If team photo day is any indication, at least two new faces will be on the Kentucky bench this season, bringing the Cats up to nine available players for Matthew Mitchell. Two former high school standouts from Kentucky, Jessica Hardin of Wayne County and Rachel Potter of Pikeville, both took part in a recent casual photo day with the team. Both Hardin and Potter are working out with the team this summer, UK spokesman Evan Crane confirmed, but they won't be added to the official roster as walk-ons until school begins on Aug. 24. When asked about his plans to fill out the UK roster decimated by transfers last season, Matthew Mitchell told the Herald-Leader he anticipated having nine to 11 players available, most likely coming from walk-ons or transfers. UK returns four of its top six scorers from last season, including First Team All-Southeastern Conference senior Makayla Epps as well as forward Evelyn Akator and guards Maci Morris and Taylor Murray. Reserve forward Alyssa Rice also will be back. Cincinnati transfer Makenzie Cann is eligible to play this season after sitting out last season, and the Cats added freshman guard Jaida Roper in May. 'Our core players are good,' Mitchell said. 'Great attitudes, great work ethic, incredibly loyal that they've hung in with all this.' Mitchell said in June that 'seven players is definitely enough. 'If we didn't add another player to the roster, we would go into the season confident that we'll have a great season,' Mitchell said. 'From that standpoint, we're real confident. We can't be sloppy and we can't foul. We've got to do a great job and we've got to work hard, but that's all part of it.' As long as it's the right seven players - which he believes UK has - a team can be successful. The head coach noted that there were many games last season that Kentucky played with a core seven players and an eighth might have played a handful of minutes. Those players who could fill those extra minutes (or maybe more) now look to include Hardin and Potter. Hardin, a 5-foot-9 guard, played one season at Bellarmine where she averaged 20.6 minutes a game, starting in 16 contests. She was third on the team in scoring at 9.6 points with 2.8 rebounds. Hardin led the Knights in three-pointers made (52) and percentage (36.9), making five from long range in three different games.While at Wayne County, Hardin averaged 19.6 points and six rebounds a game and was a member of the Kentucky All-Stars roster in 2013. The 12th Region Player of the Year finished third on the school's all-time scoring list (1,795) and fifth in rebounding (797). Her 635 points in one season also was a school record. Hardin played on the same Kentucky Premier AAU team with Epps. Pikeville's Potter, a 5-11 guard who graduated in 2014, was among the state's top 15 scorers in 2014, averaging 20.7 points a game. She scored more than 2,000 career points. It's been a tumultuous offseason for Kentucky, which ended last season 25-8 in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The carnage has included the transfers of five players, the graduate transfer of another and the dismissal of another. Every member of the Cats' initial 2016 recruiting class was granted a release from her national letter of intent and chose to play for other schools. Several other high-profile commitments have gone elsewhere, like the recent announcement that Lindsey Duvall is headed to Louisville. Kentucky also had two assistant coaches leave and another whose contract wasn't renewed last season. Courtesy of: kentucky.com
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