Rising Ratings

West Virginia University's 2006-07 women's basketball recruiting class has been nationally ranked No. 13 by All-Star Girl's Report, the nation's leading scouting service. The team and individual rankings are based on classes formed after the late-signing period.

The Mountaineers welcome eight newcomers to the program this fall: freshmen Janay Armstrong (F, 6-1, Shelbyville, Tenn.), Brittany Holestine (G, 5-9, South Charleston, W.Va.) and Kelly Smith (G, 5-11, Staley, N.C.); transfers Sparkle Davis (G, 5-9, Auburn) and Melanie Small (F, 5-9, Michigan State); and junior college transfers Kendra Goodley (PG, 5-9, Faulkner State CC), Lateefah Joye (G, 5-11, Okaloosa-Walton CC) and Ranisha White (F/C, 6-2, Gulf Coast CC).

Davis and Small are ranked the fifth and sixth-best transfers, respectively, nationally while Joye is No. 9, White No. 11 and Goodley No. 17, respectively, for JUCOs. Prep-wise Armstrong checks in at No. 129 while Smith is No. 151.

"We're very happy with our recruiting class," WVU coach Mike Carey said. "We addressed our needs with our posts and guards. With what we have returning and the addition of our newcomers we really like the makeup of this team and are looking forward to the upcoming season."

WVU is the third-highest Big East team to be ranked in the top 50 by All-Star Girl's Report. WVU trails only Rutgers (No. 4) and Connecticut (No. 8). WVU bested Notre Dame (No. 21), Louisville (No. 26), Pitt (No. 28), Cincinnati (No. 35), South Florida (No. 41), Syracuse (No. 46), Marquette (No. 48) and Villanova (No. 50).

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