Smith Announces Three Additional Signees

April 17, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee Head Women's Basketball Coach Stephany Smith released the signing of three junior college players to national letters of intent for the 2003-04 season.


Smith announced the additions of Audosha Kelley of Pearl River (Miss.) Community College, and Ditte Jakobsen and Yamil Cordero of Seminole (Fla.) Community College.


"They were key signees, Smith said. "Especially with two players (sophomores Tiffany Fisher and Jessica Schlueter) leaving and the fact that we're returning only seven players."


Kelley had originally signed with Middle Tennessee two years ago out of Beach High School in Savannah, Ga. but didn't qualify academically. She signed with Pear River and this season led her team to the Junior College National Tournament and was named a JUCO All-American.


"She is a tremendous athlete with unbelievable quickness," Smith said. "She can outscore off the dribble and is a great defender who will really help us in transition and the press."


Jakobsen is a 6-foot-2 pure shooting guard from Denmark who can play the three or four position. She was named to the first team of the Mid Florida Conference.


"She can shoot the three or play with her back to the basket," Smith said. "She is going to be a 23-year-old junior, so she'll obviously bring a lot of maturity to our program."


Cordero is a 5-foot-6 guard from Orlando, Fla. who has just one year of eligibility left. Because of the five years to play four rule she only has one year left.


"Some people might be scared of a player with one year of eligibility left, but we are happy to have her," Smith said. "She is a pure shooter, and we really need that."


With the three additions, Middle Tennessee increases its signing class to six. In the early signing period, Smith signed Riverdale center Krystle Horton, Oakland guard Jenne Webb and Quachita High School (Monroe, La.) guard Chrissy Givens.







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