CHICKASHA– After their second straight Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament berth, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma nets 12 new women’s basketball players.
Along with the 12 new recruits, the Drovers will have three players returning to round out the roster for the team. The returners are Brooke Worcester, Ndeye Ngom and Agota Jozan. Both Ngom and Jozan will be returning after sitting out last season due to injures.
“We are excited about this year’s recruiting class,” Head Coach Jennifer Hayden said. “They will add a lot of versatility and experience to our team. I’m thrilled to add this type of talent to our team.”
Out of the 12, seven of the recruits come in as transfer students out of colleges from Texas and Oklahoma, while the other five will be coming in as freshman.
The new recruits for the 2014-15 season are: Corrynn Englerth, from Abilene, Texas; Ilze Teilane, from Riga, Latvia; Jordan Williams, from Tulsa; Wykenna King, from Hugo; Ebony Nelms, from Lawton; Mahogany Nelms, from Lawton; Bretlin Allen, from Blanchard; Liliana Barrera, from Cedar Hill, Texas; Lauren Hart, from Bridgeport, Texas; Joya Lemons, from Lubbock, Texas; Tatum Rayner, from Hobart; and Charity Trammell, from Pauls Valley.
Englerth is transferring from Western Texas College and was a starter for two seasons. She was the leading shot blocker and was named Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. As a player, she was named a Region 5 All-Star and also was named Outstanding Female Student Nominee.
Teilane is a transfer student from Western Texas College and stands at 6-foot-6 and was second a season ago with 32 blocked shots for the Westerners. Teilane is originally from Latvia and was part of the U16 National Team.
Williams comes from Seminole State Junior College and is a two-year player for the Belles. Before entering college, she led Daniel Webster High School out of Tulsa to become District Champions three years in a row. In addition to the district titles at Daniel Webster, she led the team in steals and assists in the 2011-12 season.
King hails from Redlands Community College and comes to the Drovers with an average of eight points per game and eight rebounds per game. Playing the forward position, she scored in double figures five times with a season shooting percentage of 30 percent from the field.
Ebony and Mahogany Nelms, twin sisters from Lawton, come to the Drovers from Western Oklahoma State College out of Altus.
Ebony Nelms averaged nearly 11 points per game while shooting 37 percent from the field. Ebony Nelms earned double figures in 13 games last season with her highest point total being 25 against Northern Oklahoma College.
Mahogany Nelms averaged close to 16 points per game, also shooting 37 percent from the field. She spent two seasons with the Lady Pioneers after graduating from Altus High School, where she averaged 18.5 points per game.
Allen (pictured left) comes in straight from SAC-rival Oklahoma Baptist University after spending two seasons on the Lady Bison team. Before joining the Lady Bison, her team won a State Championship at Cache High School in 2010 and finished second in the 2011 season. Allen averaged 16 points per game and was named part of the All-State team in her junior and senior seasons.
Barrera was named All-District First Team and Defensive Player of the Year out of Sunset High School in Dallas.
Hart comes straight from Alvord High School out of Bridgeport, Texas, where she was named All-Region First Team in the 2013-14 season and was named District 9-2A Defensive MVP. She averaged three steals a game and nearly four assists per game.
Lemons will be joining the Drovers from Frenship High School in Lubbock, Texas, and comes in after finishing on the All-District First Team in her senior season. Along with being an All-District selection, her team won a District Championship in the 2013-14 season.
Rayner (pictured right) comes from Hobart High School and was part of a team that had three big finishes in tournament in her senior season. She was also a winner of the All-Heart Award and was selected to be a part of the Senior All-Classic Bowl.
Trammell will be red shirting for the Drovers this season, joining the team from Pauls Valley High School
The Drovers will begin their season at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 at home against St. Mary’s University out of Kansas. It will be the first true season home opener for the women’s basketball team since the 2007-2008 season.