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Women's hoops gets top-15 recruiting class

I've been busy last few days here, but wanted to get up some women's basketball news, first that Jose Fernandez's incoming recruiting class has been tabbed as the No. 15 class in the country by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

USF has two key Division I transfers -- center Jessica Lawson from Cal and forward Brittany Denson, a midyear transfer from Miami -- who project as starters on next year's team. The same could be true for junior college point guard Jazmine Sepulveda, who will allow Shantia Grace to slide over to shooting guard as USF's primary scoring threat. Add to those three talented guards from the early signing period -- Michigan's Lonnie Terrell, Georgia's Sequoyah Griffin and Gianna Messina from Tampa's Academy of Holy Names, plus the last addition, forward Ashley Sanders from Miami-Dade College, and it's a deep class of seven players that should help to offset a strong departing senior class.

I wasn't able to make it to USF's women's basketball banquet on Sunday afternoon, but I can pass along the award winners. As expected, senior Jessica Dickson won the Offensive Player of the Year, with senior guard Rachael Sheats getting the top defensive honors. Senior center Nalini Miller got the team's Most Improved award and was honored as the squad's top rebounder. Sixth-year senior Tristen Webb, who made it back after two knee surgeries, took home the Golden Bull Coaches Award, and Grace was the only returning player to win an award, getting the Miss Dish Award for leading the team in assists.

Again, a lot graduating from Fernandez's squad, but a lot coming in as well. It should be a very different Bulls team next spring, but it'll be interesting to see how their record will compare with last year's 21-12 mark ... Thoughts? Questions? Send those comments in ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:25am]


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