July 22, 2005
For More Information, Contact: Keith Gentry (901) 333-4114 / Kimberly
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LADY SALUQIS BASKETBALL TEAM SIGNS ELEVEN
Release written by Keith Gentry
Southwest women’s basketball coach Andrea Martre has announced the
signing of eleven student-athletes to letters of intent to play for the
Lady Saluqis next season. Players signed include Gina High of Bartlett
High School, Kim Brady of East High School, Michelle Malone of
Millington Central High School, Rachel Northam and Tamakia Wooten of
Cordova High School, Ikisha Carr and Jasmine Massey of Booker T.
Washington High School, Jeana Griffin of Aberdeen (MS) High School, and
Latonya Walker of Amite (LA) High School. Also signed are Ashley
Shields, who is transferring to Southwest from Northwest Mississippi
Community College, and Brittany Smith, who is transferring from the
University of Louisiana-Monroe.
High, a 5’8” guard, led Bartlett to a 28-4 record, the District 14AAA
championship, and the Region 7AAA semifinals her senior year. She
averaged 9.8 points per game as a senior and also led Bartlett in
assists. iHigh was named All-District 14AAA in both basketball and
softball, and will also play softball at Southwest.
Malone, a 5’11” post player, averaged 11.5 points per game as a senior
at Millington in 2003-2004. She was named second team All-District 14AAA
and received Millington’s team award for Most Inspirational Player.
Wooten, a 5’5” guard, was named to The Commercial Appeal’s Best of the
Preps team her senior season after leading Cordova to a 17-13 record and
a third place finish in District 14AAA. She averaged 12.5 points per
game as a senior and scored a high game of 26 points against Germantown.
Massey, a 5’7” guard, was a three-time All-District 16AA and Best of the
Preps performer at BTW. She averaged 15.6 points per game her senior
season and led her team with 94 three-point field goals made. She also
was among team leaders with 55 steals and shot 70 percent from the free
Shields, a 5’9” guard, returns to the court after sitting out the past
two seasons at the University of Memphis and Northwest Mississippi
Community College. Shields was a four-time all-district and all-metro
player in high school, and finished her career as Shelby Metro’s second
all-time leading scorer. As a senior, Shields averaged over 35 points
per game and was named all-state and Class AAA Miss Basketball in the
state of Tennessee.
Smith, a 6’0” guard/forward, also sat out last season as a red-shirt at
the University of Louisiana-Monroe. As a senior at Hamilton High, Smith
averaged 16.2 points and 13.0 rebounds per game and was named
all-district, all-metro, and honorable mention all-state.