Women Add Hoops Signee

West Virginia's women's basketball team, plagued by injuries in the frontcourt during head coach Mike Carey's career, has signed another front line player to bolster the lineup.

Carey today announced the signing of junior college All- American Tameka Kelly for the 2005-06 season.

A 6-1 forward and native of Pensacola, Fla., Kelly was a 2004-05 National Junior College Athletic Association honorable mention All-American at Pensacola Junior College and will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Mountaineers beginning next year.

While at Pensacola, Kelly averaged 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds a contest last year as team captain for the 23-6 Pirates en route to No. 15 national ranking. She also garnered Panhandle all-conference and all-state recognition for her efforts guiding the team.

As a freshman, Kelly averaged 13.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest garnering second team Panhandle all-conference honors en route to a 26-6 team record.

"I thought it was the best school academically and athletically for my future," Kelly said of choosing to attend WVU. "The atmosphere was great."

"Tameka is a great local story," Pensacola coach Vicki Carson said. "She really matured as a student and as a player she became the leading scorer on the team.

"It's time now for her to take a bigger step and play in one of the best conferences in the country. She loves the challenge. She's an incredible athlete right now and will be an even better player after her two years at WVU."

"Tameka is very athletic and highly skilled," Carey says of Kelly. "She is an excellent post player that will give us some versatility at the four position. I look for her to contribute immediately in the paint."


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