Lady Bulldogs Ink Two

STARKVILLE, Miss. ­ Mississippi State women's basketball head coach Sharon Fanning announced Wednesday the signing of two players to the Lady Bulldog program for the 2003-04 season. Junior college transfer Tiania Burns and Louisiana-native Ashley Sentimore are State's most recent signees.

Nashville's Burns is in her second year at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss. The 5-8 guard led the Wolves to the MACJC state championship and the Region 23 championship last year, averaging 22.8 ppg and 6.7 rpg under coach Gwyn Young.

After her freshman year, Burns was named to the MACJC First Team All-State, All-Region 23 and All-Tournament teams. In addition, after one year in the junior college system she was named a NJCAA First Team All-American.

Burns was a graduate of Pearl Cohn High School where she was selected Second Team All-State, First Team All-District, First Team All-Region and played in the Tennessee/Georgia All-Star game in 2001.

"Tiana is a primary scorer who can play the point guard and shooting guard positions," said head coach Sharon Fanning. "She led her team to junior college nationals last year and has gained valuable experience which should benefit the Lady Bulldogs with the graduation of Renea Jones. We anticipate her athleticism and experience will help her make an immediate impact for our program."

Louisiana-native Ashley Sentimore, has accumulated 1,479 points in three years for coach Ulysses Fronthe at Destrehan High School in Destrehan, La. Sentimore has accumulated several awards over her high school career to date. All three years she has been tabbed all-District and all-River Parish.

As a junior, she was named District and River Parish MVP. The 6-0 post player closed out her junior year with all-Metro and honorable mention all-State honors, posting a season average of 16.4 ppg and 12.5 rpg.

"Ashley is a strong, physical player in the post position. She wants the ball and we believe she will make an immediate impact on the inside with the graduation of LaToya Thomas," said Fanning.

Gene's Page Top Stories