Tulane Women's Basketball Signs Four

The four signees are Kendra Barnes, a 6-2 forward from Sapulpa, Okla., Sapulpa High School; Ashley Langford, a 5-5 guard from Harrisburg, Pa., Harrisburg High School; Sasha Staidum, a 5-7 guard from Houma, La., Ellender High School; and Megan Valicevic, a 5-11 wing player from The Woodlands, Texas, The Woodlands High School.

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Tulane University has signed four high school basketball players to National Letters of Intent during the first day of the early signing period, Green Wave head women's basketball coach Lisa Stockton announced Wednesday.

The Green Wave has added 6-2 post player Kendra Barnes from Sapulpa, Okla., 5-5 point guard Ashley Langford from Harrisburg, Pa., and two wing players in 5-7 Sasha Staidum from Houma, La., and 5-11 Megan Valicevic from The Woodlands, Texas.

The four signees are Kendra Barnes, a 6-2 forward from Sapulpa, Okla., Sapulpa High School; Ashley Langford, a 5-5 guard from Harrisburg, Pa., Harrisburg High School; Sasha Staidum, a 5-7 guard from Houma, La., Ellender High School; and Megan Valicevic, a 5-11 wing player from The Woodlands, Texas, The Woodlands High School.

"We are very excited about this class; we met a lot of our needs," Stockton said. "All of our signees are from successful high school programs and they are accustomed to winning. I think these two classes back-to-back are two of the strongest we have signed since I have been at Tulane. Our current freshman class has been really strong and next year's should be as well. Practice will be very competitive next year."

Barnes was a Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American at Sapulpa High School as a junior last season. She averaged 9.7 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the field. Sapulpa has advanced to state playoffs each of the last three years and reached the state semifinals last season. With three Division I signees on the roster, it is favored to win the state title this season.

"Kendra is a tremendous athlete with great versatility," Stockton said. "She is strong and agile and can play the four or five, and she runs the floor like a guard. I am very excited about the type of player she can become."

Langford signs with Tulane after a standout junior year at Central Dauphin High School where she averaged 17 points, five assists and three steals per game. She is a three-time all-conference selection and has twice been named a Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American and will complete her career at Harrisburg High School this year.

"Ashley is a point guard in every sense of the word, a true playmaker," Stockton said. "She has the ability to make others around her better, but she is also a very good scorer. Her quickness will give us an up-tempo style when she is on the court."

Staidum is a highly-touted guard from Ellender High School in Houma, the same school which produced current Green Wave standout D'Aundra Henry. She was a first team all-state selection last year and is a three-time team MVP as well as being selected as the district's most valuable player in each of the last two years. In her first three years of high school basketball, she has scored 1,474 career points and led her school to the state tournament each year. In 2003, she led Ellender to the Louisiana State Championship, earning state tournament MVP honors.

"I think Sasha is the top senior guard in Louisiana," Stockton said. "She has been a leading scorer and rebounder for her team for the last few years. I am very excited about her versatility at the guard spot. She is also a very strong defensive player from a school that is known for its defense."

The final recruit for the class of 2004-05 is Valicevic, who averaged 14.6 points, 3.1 assists, 3.2 steals and 4.6 rebounds per game as a junior before injuring her knee and missing the remainder of the season. As a sophomore, she helped The Woodlands High School to the district co-championship and the regional semifinals, earning all-county and all-district honors.

"Megan is a strong fundamental guard who makes everyone around her better," Stockton said. "She is a great passer and she has the ability to shoot from long-range. She is one of the top players in Houston from a very good program and will be able to come in and play a lot of different positions for us." The Green Wave will play its final exhibition game of the season on Thursday evening, hosting city-rival Xavier at 7 p.m. at Fogelman Arena. The regular season opens on Nov. 19 with a road game at Howard University in Washington, D.C., while the home opener is Tuesday, Nov. 23 against Jacksonville State. Season tickets and single-game tickets are available by calling 504-861-WAVE.


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