April 17, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Lamar University women's basketball coach Larry Tidwell announced three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Lamar on a basketball scholarship.
Joining the Lady Cardinals next season are Asia Booker (Beaumont, Texas), a 5-foot-4 guard from Ozen High School, Dominique Edwards (Grand Prairie, Texas), a 6-0 forward from Lon Morris College and J'Tierra Brown (Monroe, La.), a 5-7 point guard from Odessa College.
Booker averaged 17 points, five assists and five steals per game last season for Ozen, leading the Lady Panthers to a 34-1 record and the Class 4A Region III finals. As a junior, Booker led Ozen to the Class 4A state semifinals.
Booker's mom, Ramona Locke, holds the Lamar records for career assists (653) and steals (333). Locke, who was known as Ramona Jones during her time at Lamar, scored 986 points in 110 games with the Lady Cardinals.
"Asia is quick and athletic," Tidwell said. "She's a great competitor who is great in transition. She's a solid scorer who also gets plenty of assists."
Edwards averaged 10 points and seven steals per game for Lon Morris College last season. An all-conference selection last season for the Bearcats, Edwards was the winner of the Miss Bearcat Award at Lon Morris as a freshman. In high school, Edwards averaged nine points and seven rebounds as a senior at South Grand Prairie High School after averaging 10 points and eight boards as a junior.
"Dominique is a strong rebounder who can finish at the rim," Tidwell said. She's a true warrior in the paint who plays physical and runs the floor really well. She's a great defender."
Brown averaged 11.7 points and 4.3 assists per game last season for Odessa College, earning all-conference and all-region honors. Brown's efforts helped the Lady Wranglers post a 22-9 record and advance to the NJCAA Region V finals.
Brown, who was honorable mention all-conference as a freshman at Odessa, had a stellar high school career at West Mesquite High School, averaging 19.5 points and seven assists per game as a senior.
"J'Tierra is a big-time distributor who can get it to the rim," Tidwell said. "She pushes the ball well in transition and is a great on-ball defender."