Kansas City, Mo. -- Women's basketball head coach Candace Whitaker announced today that LaSharra Riley has signed a scholarship agreement to continue her education and college career with the UMKC women's basketball team next season. Riley joins the Kangaroos after a successful season with the Oklahoma State Cowgirls. Riley will sit out the 2010-11 season and have three years of eligibility remaining.
"We are really excited to have LaSharra join our women's basketball program," said Whitaker. "She is really the type of player who can aide in taking this team to the next level. LaSharra is a tremendous athlete and is extremely tough on the boards. She is one of those student-athletes who is going to work hard every day in practice and push this team."
At OSU, Riley appeared in 26 games, averaging 6.7 minutes a contest. The Topeka, Kan., native aided the Cowgirls to a 24-11 record 2009-10 and helped the squad earn a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament, which was the second highest seed in program history. Riley averaged 1.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game and shot .355 (11-31) from the floor.
As a prep, the 6-2 forward was a standout at Washburn Rural High School where she led her team to a state championship. At the conclusion of her senior year, Riley was first team all-state by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, the Topeka Capital Journal and the Wichita Eagle. Riley was also recognized as the Centennials League's Conference Player of the Year and a member of their all-defensive team. She averaged 11.8 points and 10 rebounds in her junior campaign.
Riley joins newcomers Ashli Hill, Hailey Houser, Peyton Adamson and Eilise O'Connor. The foursome was recently ranked the 55th top 2010 recruiting class by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
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