OGDEN – Weber State University women’s basketball coach Bethann Ord has announced the addition of three highly talented players that will join the Wildcats for the 2011-12 season. Ord and her staff worked quickly in signing junior college standouts Shawnte Taylor, a 5-foot-11 forward from San Francisco and Kia Rhodes, a 5-foot-5 guard from Bolingbrook, Ill. Brianna Averette, a standout guard from Louisville, Ky. joined them in signing with Weber State. The three will join Colorado standout Carlee Lough as Ord’s first recruiting class at Weber State.
“We were lucky to find such high caliber players so late in the signing process and we expect them contribute immediately,” Ord said.
Taylor joins Weber State as a junior college transfer from City College of San Francisco where she averaged 15.6 points and 17.8 rebounds per game. She also averaged 2.5 steals, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks per outing for the Rams, who finished their season with a 26-5 overall record and 9-1 mark in conference play. Taylor was named to the 2011 All-Conference team and was the team MVP. In her senior high school season, she averaged 19.7 points and 16.3 rebounds, and was named as the Northern California 3A B Player of the Year.
Rhodes joins the Wildcats as a junior college transfer from Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill., where she averaged 11.2 points during her career with the Kougars. During the 2010-11 season, Rhodes averaged 10.1 points, and had 74 assists and 53 steals, while her team captured the Arrowhead Conference title and was the Region IV Runner-Up. During her freshman season at Kishwaukee, she averaged 11.8 points and had 97 assists and 90 steals, and was named as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Averette comes to WSU from Louisville’s Central High School, where she averaged 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals as a four-year starter. She is the school’s second all-time leading scorer behind current Weber State assistant coach Margaret Richards. She is a four-time All-District selection and a three-time All-Region selection. In 2011, Averette was named as the Region Player of the Year, and was First Team All-State and All Region.
“This recruiting class will be an excellent addition to our current foundation and will assist in launching our program to new heights in the Big Sky Conference,” Ord said.
Weber State will begin its 2011-12 season Nov. 13 against Boise State in Boise, Idaho.