Two Signees for Women's Hoops

West Virginia University women's basketball coach Mike Carey today announced the signing of two student-athletes for the 2006-07 school year.

Giving Carey signatures are Kendra Goodley (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Faulkner State Community College) and Brittany Holestine (South Charleston, W.Va./George Washington).

Goodley, a 5-9 sophomore point guard at Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, Ala., appeared in 31 games for the 19-13 Sun Chiefs last season and averaged 9.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists per contest. Her assist average marked the 15th-best nationally. She also shot 45.2% from the field.

"Of all the schools recruiting me, WVU was the top school," Goodley said. "I plan to help lead the team to the NCAA tournament and hopefully move onto play professionally overseas or in the WNBA when my college career is over. Everyone at WVU was friendly and very positive. I bonded with the team and it was like a family."

"Kendra has very good size for a point guard," Carey said. "She is extremely athletic with excellent ball handling. And she can finish at the rim."

Holestine, a 5-8 shooting guard from South Charleston, W.Va., averaged 21 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.0 steals per contest last season. For her efforts, she was named to the Class AAA first team all-state squad for the second consecutive year, and garnered Charleston Daily Mail Kanawha and Putnam County player of the year accolades.

Holestine guided GW to a 17-9 record in 2006 and a berth in the state semifinals. It was the first playoff appearance for the high school since 1999. The state player of the year runner-up finished her career with over 1,800 points, a school record.

As a junior, Holestine averaged 22.2 points per game, with a season-high of 38. She led Kanawha County with 55 3-point field goals (2.4 per game) and finished second with an 85.5 percent (142-of-166) mark behind the charity stripe. She also scored her 1,000th career point as a junior.

A four-time all-conference first team selection, Holestine was also named to the all-state third team as a sophomore and second team as a freshman.

"Being a four-year starter for our program, Brittany was a tremendous asset to us," George Washington coach Jamie LaMaster said. "Her leadership on and off the court is extremely valuable. I'm proud she is staying in state and going to WVU to play major Division I basketball. It's a great thing for us and for WVU. No doubt she'll be able to contribute to the Mountaineer program."

"Coach Carey really has the program going in the right direction and has done well in the past few seasons," Holestine says. "I'm looking forward to being apart of that success. I'm also very excited to be from West Virginia and play for the state's flagship institution. It should be a great experience for me."

"I was very impressed with her at the state tournament," Carey noted. "She is a very physical two guard who shoots the three very well but can also take the ball off the dribble. She also has excellent defensive intensity.

"Both Kendra and Brittany are perfect fits for our program. We've added depth at several key positions and I expect both to battle for playing time immediately."

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