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Lady Raider Basketball Inks Three

November 12, 2003 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head women's basketball coach Stephany Smith announced the signing of three players for the 2004-05 season Wednesday.

The Lady Raiders received scholarship papers from center Lynette Jackson, forward Lakira Boyd and guard Sara Nuxol. The trio is expected to add size and athleticism to the Middle Tennessee line-up next season.

Jackson, a 6-foot-4 player from Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville, N.C. is expected to be a dominant player inside. She is currently ranked the No. 32 center in the nation according to All-Star Girls Report.

"Lynette has the greatest size we have ever signed," Smith said. "She is every bit of 6-foot-4 and has a wing span of someone 6-8."

Smith adds that Jackson is a tremendous athlete that will bring size and take the Lady Raider team to a different level.

Boyd, a 6-2 forward from Kirby High School in Memphis was named All-Metro in 2002-03. She helped lead her team to the Region 3-AAA semi-finals.

"Lakira is arguably the second best post player in the state, next to Alex Fuller who signed with Tennessee," Smith said. "She can score facing the basket, shoot the three and score off the dribble."

Nuxol who is from Winter Springs High School in Florida is a 5-8 player who rounds out the signing class. She is the sister of Lisa Nuxol the head coach of Seminole Community College which produced Lady Raider transfers Ditte Jakobsen and Yamil Cordero.

"I believe Sara will be an immediate elixir for us after Patrice Holmes graduates," Smith said. "She has great vision of the floor and I expect her to come in and make and instant impact."

The Lady Raiders also have 6-3 center Amber Benjamin next season. She signed at Auburn, but transferred to Middle Tennessee and is practicing with the team and will be eligible in mid-December 2004. The former Coffee County star was the state Gatorade Player of the Year last season.

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