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Two more join USF women's hoops signings

USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez, already armed with a seven-player recruiting class from the early signing period, has added two more signings to his 2009-10 roster in junior college guard Leondra Doomes-Stephens and small forward Daleisha Carn, a transfer from Alabama.

Doomes-Stephens, a 5-foot-10 sophomore who played mostly shooting guard last season, led her conference in scoring with 21.6 points per game and also led the team in rebounds (8.2) and steals (3.7) per game.

"She's a terrific scorer, a very athletic, talented kid who can slash and get to the basket," said Stasha Richards, her coach at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. "She's going to be good in the Big East."

Richards said Doomes-Stephens chose USF over offers from Wichita State and UTEP, and her strong numbers this past season reflected a more aggressive approach offensively. She led all junior college basketball in steals per game for much of the season, Richards said.

Carn, from Jacksonville's Englewood High, played two seasons at Alabama and will have two years of eligibility after sitting out the 2009-10 season. She started eight of 11 games as a freshman, averaging 9.8 points, before being sidelined by a knee injury. After a coaching change at Alabama, she returned this season, averaging 4.9 points and 2.7 rebounds, mostly off the bench. She also finished second in assists on an Alabama team that went 1-13 in the SEC.

These two join seven players who signed with USF in the fall -- guards Tiffany Conner, Dominique English, Sequoyah Griffin and Kaneisha Saunders, forwards Tahira Johnson and Aleshia Flowers and forward/center Jessica Monroe. USF returns five letterwinners -- six, if center Jessica Lawson is granted a sixth year by the NCAA -- from its 2008-09 team, which won 27 games and the first postseason title in the program's history by taking the Women's NIT.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:23pm]


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