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November 15, 2012

TU women's basketball announces early signees

TULSA — The University of Tulsa signed six women's basketball players to national letters-of-intent, including Autura Campbell, Rickae Jinks, Erika Lane, Stevi Parker, Liesl Spoerl and Kayla Wright, as announced today by Head Coach Matilda Mossman.

"Our priority in this class was size and it is pretty obvious that we got what we went after," Mossman said. "I am excited about this group, not just because of their basketball ability, which is excellent, but also about their basketball IQ. We have kids that have won at a very high level, including nine state championships among volleyball and basketball, which is crucial for the continued development of our program. We are getting some young kids with great leadership ability, and with the loss of our current two senior captains and our young roster, that leadership potential is huge."

Collectively, the six players are ranked as the second-best recruiting class in Conference USA and received "Top-75" status according to GirlsBasketballReport.com.

"For the second-straight season, coach Matilda Mossman and her staff have put together one of the nation's top mid-major classes with six prospects who should all pay dividends for the Golden Hurricane during their time in Tulsa," said Brandon Clay of PeachStateBasketball.com. "This is a class that should firmly entrench Tulsa in the class with the elite mid-major programs nationally for years to come."

Campbell, a 6-2 center from Topeka, Kansas, has recorded 156 blocks, scored 586 points and pulled down 327 rebounds to rank first, 14th and 18th, respectively, in the career record books at Topeka West High School. She posted 335 points, 226 rebounds, 86 blocks, 36 steals and 22 assists as a junior, while being tabbed to the all-city, all-league, all-league defensive and all-state teams. Campbell was named as the City League Scoring Champ and to the all-tournament team last season.

 

According to Dan Olson, owner and director of the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, Campbell has "a physical presence in the key with an emerging low-post game".

A 6-2 center from Miramar, Fla., Jinks averaged 10.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game last year at Hollywood Christian, and was named to the Broward All-County Second Team. As a sophomore, she led her team to a State Championship and finished as the runner-up as a junior. Jinks is a three-star recruit and has an 84 scouts grade by ESPNU HoopGurlz, and is ranked at #242 among the "Top 300" prospects. She will play her senior season for Miramar High School.

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