Three Oklahoma imports and two freshmen from the Kansas City-area are expected to add depth to a Kansas State Women's Basketball team expected to vie for the Big 12 and National Championships.
Coggins, a versatile swing-guard from Lee's Summit, Mo. is expected to add size to a perimter that features shorter guards Laurie Koehn and Chelsea Domenico. The 5-foot-11 combo guard led Lee's Summit North with 17.2 points per game last season and to a Missouri Class 4A state championship. She was a Street & Smith's All-American, the USA Today Player to Watch for Missouri, and holds 14 school records, including points in a game and in a season.
A talker on the court, offering vocal leadership that has been lacking in recent years, Coach Deb Patterson expects Coggins to add a diverse mixture of talent to the wing. "Claire brings a big, physical dimension, much like a Megan Mahoney, only stronger. She'll be a tremendous shooter, penetrator and slasher.
Brooks, another 5-foot-11 combo guard out of Leavenworth (Kan.) High School, averaged more than 16 points per game and was a nominee for the McDonald's All-American team. Also a Street & Smith's All-American, Brooks brings a lanky presence to the perimeter.
Patterson, who praises Brooks' intensity and calls her a "fire plug" said she may be the quickest 5-foot-11 guard she's seen. "She's very quick to the ball, very quick to the glass. Over time she'll learn the nature of the game, potentially bang for us a little bit. That'll be the great challenge because she has great physical strength. She needs to be a whole lot meaner to utilize that."
Jetta "Twiggy" McIntyre
Expect Domenico, a floor general, to be pushed immediately by McIntyre at the point, where the 5-foot-5 guard out of Sapulpa, Okla. excels. She dished out more than four assists per game and hit over 50 percent from beyond the three-point line, averaging over 22 points per game. While her size creates a disadvantage, her quickness alows her to slash to the basket and find the open player.
"Twiggy brings some quickness and ability to break people down off the dribble," said Patterson. "She can drive and kick and hit that three point shot consistently. I like the outset she brings."
Perhaps the most highly-touted recruit in this year's freshman class, 6-foot-2 Shanda Murdoch will be able to immediately contribute, spelling Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde in the paint. She averaged a double-double in leading Westmoore (Okla.) High School to a Class 6A title last season, and was rated the No. 21 player in the nation by USA Today. She's a Street & Smith All-American and was rated the fifth-best power forward in the country by the All-Star Girls Report.
"Shanda is a very intelligent player," Patterson said. "Great instincts and knowledge on the floor. A thinking system player, so you can imagine I really love her. She's very, very strong. We look stronger with her on the floor."
A 5-foot-11 forward Patterson calls a "diamond in the rough," Smith has tremendous upside. She was All-Conference last season and earned several All-Star awards at various tournaments.
"With Naytanda we have a very athletic slasher who is very quick to the ball, a great rebounder, someone who will provide a real explosive dimension as she puts together all phases of the game."
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