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Thursday, May 26, 2005
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University women's basketball coach Tracee Jones capped off a busy first year of recruiting by landing four top high school prospects during the spring signing period to join her Lady Tiger program. Jones was named her alma mater's permanent head coach in April after serving as interim coach this past season. Signed in the spring to join TSU are 5-7 point guard Kendra Appling (Jackson, Ga.), 5-9 guard Kierra Goodwin (Cahokia, Ill), 5-9 guard- forward Obiageli Okafor (Rolla, Mo.), and 6-0 guard Tiffany Jackson (Houston, Texas). The new additions join three players who signed in the fall and one mid-year Division I transfer. Appling averaged 27.0 points, 5.0 assists, and 6.0 steals per game from the point guard spot. She tallied a career-high 57 points in one game and followed with a 38-point effort the following night. Goodwin averaged 21 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 3.0 steals, and 2.0 block shots a game for Cahokia High. Along with her impressive stats on the basketball court, she is among the top five graduates in this year's senior class. Jackson was an All-District 8 selection at George Bush High School and was named to the All-Academic team for the Houston area. She averaged 16 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals as senior. She is also a standout on the school's track team. Okafor led Rolla High in scoring (18.2 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg) her senior year, helping the Lady Bulldogs to a district title and a 22-2 win season. She was named to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All-State team and was selected to the Missouri Sportwriters and Sportscasters Association All-State second team. Her older sisters, Ezi and Chinenye, play at Stanford and Yale, respectively. The four new signees join three players who signed in November and a Division I mid-year transfer. The three early signees were 6-0 forward Jamika Banks (Ft. Wayne, Ind.), 5-7 point guard Brittney Marshall (Chicago, Ill.), and 5-9 guard-forward Ashley Sibby (Romulus, Mich.). The transfer is 6-0 forward Angela Vance from Houston, Texas who began her career at Appalachian State. Name Pos. Ht. Hometown (School) Kendra Appling G 5-7 Jackson, Ga. (Jackson) Jamika Banks F 6-0 Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Northrop) Kierra Goodwin G 5-9 Cahokia, Ill. (Cahokia) Brittney Marshall G 5-7 Chicago, Ill. (Oak Park River Forest) Oby Okafor G/F 5-9 Rolla, Mo. (Rolla) Tiffany Jackson G/F 6-0 Houston, Texas (George Bush) Ashley Sibby G/F 5-9 Romulus, Mich. (Romulus) Angela Vance F 6-0 Houston, Texas (Appalachian State)