Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Nashville---The Tennessee State University Women's basketball team will have four new players to join the Lady Tiger program for the 2006-2007 season. Tennessee State University Lady Tigers announced the signing of four players in the April signing period. Joining the Lady Tigers are Tamira "Nikki" Rumph, Chelsea Cromartie, LaDona Pierce, and Jheri Booker. Tamira "Nikki" Rumph, a native of Tennessee, is a 5'7" guard from Chattanooga Christian High School. Tamira averaged 15.6 points per game, 3.4 steals, 4.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds as a senior. She Led Chattanooga Christian High school to two All-Regional Championships and was named the CCS All-Regional Player 6-AA. Tamira scored over 1,000 points in her high school career and was named Best All-Around Player for the 2005-06 season. Tamira " Nikki" Rumph is Head Coach Tracee Jones' first Tennessee recruit. Chelsea Cromartie, a 6'2" center from Winston Salem, North Carolina (North Forsyth HS) averaged a double-double in her senior campaign, scoring 10.0 ppg and pulling down 10 rebounds per contest. She received the award for Most Improved Player for the 2004-2005 season. Showing leadership skills, Chelsea, was named the captain of her team for the 2005-06 season. LaDona Pierce, a 5-6 point guard, averaged 12.0 points per game, 11.0 assists per game, and 4.0 steals per game at Hampton High school in Hampton, Virginia. LaDona was named to the 2006 Daily Press All-Star First Team and the All-District Honorable Mention Team for two consecutive seasons (2004-2006). She was also a recipient of the Zooms Eagle Award. Guard/Forward Jheri Booker joins the Lady Tiger program after a career at Chattooga High School in Summerville, Georgia. At 5'11", Jheri averaged a double-double with 18.5 ppg and 14.7 rpg during her senior year. Jheri also averaged 7.7 steals, 4.2 assists, and 3.5 blocks per game. She was named to the Rome News Tribune Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team. Tennessee State University Women's Basketball Spring Signees Tamira "Nikki" Rumph 5'7" G Chelsea Cromartie 6'2" C LaDona Pierce 5'6" PG Jheri Booker 5'11"G/F