CONWAY, S.C. Coastal Carolina women's basketball program has signed Calisha Yates (Columbus, Ind./ Columbus East (Chattanooga State Technical C.C.)) and Kairsten Nunn (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) to national letters-of-intent for the 2005-2006 school year head coach Alan LeForce announced today, May 9.
Yates, a 5-10 guard/forward, averaged 11 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2 steals per game her sophomore season. She also led Chattanooga State Technical CC to the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association (TJCCAA) Regional VII Finals. As a freshman, she was a TJCCAA First Team selection.
"Calisha played two years of junior college basketball, so she brings collegiate experience to the squad. She's an aggressive player that can shoot the basketball", LeForce said. " She played on an outstanding junior college basketball team, one that played for the championship last season, so she also brings a strong sense of winning with her."
Nunn, a 5-9 guard/forward, averaged 14 points and nine rebounds her senior season. She had 11 double-doubles her senior campaign while surpassing the career 1,000-point mark. In leading her team to its first state championship in nearly 20 years, Nunn was selected as the state tournament's MVP. Nunn also was a McDonald's All-American nominee and a member of the County All-Star team and the All-County Second Team.
"Last season, Kairsten played on a high school championship team and was her team's MVP, so she knows about winning," LeForce continued. "She has a great work ethic and will bring a sense of winning into the program."
"We were looking to add scoring and players that could shoot a high percentage and both of these players fit the bill," LeForce concluded. "We have high expectations for both of them and expect them to immediately help our basketball program."
The Lady Chanticleers return four starters and seven letterwinners for the 2005-2006 season, including All-Big South Second Team selection Kim Turner (West Memphis, Ark./Hiwasee C.C.).