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Monday, June 16, 2003
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State women's basketball program has signed four players to join the Lady Tigers for the 2003-04 season, interim head coach Tracee Jones has announced. Set to join the Lady Tigers are junior college players Kendra Bailey (Cleveland, Ohio) and LaKisha Clay (Detroit, Mich.), high school player LaRaea Starr (Minneapolis, Minn.), and transfer Denica Wells (Memphis). ?We are very excited about this year's recruiting class,? said TSU interim head coach Tracee Jones. ?Each of these young ladies has expressed a sincere interest in helping us restore our winning tradition. By adding this great class of recruits with a strong senior-based team, we look to forward to a season filled with many successes.? Bailey is a 6-0 forward/center who is coming to the Lady Tigers from Cincinnati State Tech Community College. She averaged 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds a game this past season. She was a first-team All-Region 12 selection and was named MVP of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference tournament each of the past two seasons. Clay is the sister of current Lady Tiger LaToya Clay. The 5-6 point guard comes to TSU from Fort Scott (Kansas) CC where she averaged 7.1 ppg, 2.7 assists, and 2.2 steals per game. Starr is a 6-2 post player who helped her Minneapolis North High team to the 2003 Minnesota state championship. She averaged 13.7 ppg, 8.0 rebounds, converted 80 percent of her field goal attempts, and shot 80 percent from the free throw line. She also received All-Minneapolis Academic honors. Wells is a 5-9 shooting guard who played at Memphis Overton High. She attended TSU last year after originally beginning her college career at Talladega (Ala.) College. ###