April 9, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Romie DeAnda, a versatile 6-1 player out of El Paso, Texas, is Washington State's latest basketball recruit, according to Cougar women's head coach Harold Rhodes.
DeAnda, who signed her letter in November, averaged 21 points and 13.2 rebounds while leading Socorro High to its first ever area playoff berth. She was picked by the El Paso Times as area player of the year. She also was the MVP pick for District 2-5A.
"Romie will fit the type of athlete we are looking for," offered Rhodes of his latest recruit. "She runs the floor well, which adds to our transition game. In high school she did a little of everything. At 6-1, she was the one who brought the ball up the court under pressure. Yet she was a post player who shoots the trey."
DeAnda scored 83 points in three games to pace Socorro to the title at the Turkey Shoot-Out Basketball Classic last winter. A member of the National Honor Society, DeAnda was a two-time all-city pick and the district's co-MVP as a junior when she averaged 18.6 points and 12.5 rebounds.
Rhodes said current WSU volleyball star Jennifer Stinson will join the Cougar basketball team next December following the conclusion of her WSU volleyball career. The 6-1 Stinson, who has not played basketball since her senior year in high school, scored more points than any male or female player in the history of Washington prep basketball, 2,881 points. She also was the all-time leading scorer in Washington tournament history, 421 points. In 1995 Stinson was named the Inland Empire Junior Female Athlete of the Year.
Stinson was an Associated Press All-State first team pick all four years in high school and was the Tacoma News Tribune's State player of the year winner in 1995. Davenport High was the State title her freshman and sophomore seasons, finished second din 1994 and third her senior year. She also won State "B" high jump titles each of her final three years at Davenport.
In her career Stinson averaged 24.0 points. She averaged 23.3 points as a sophomore, 25.1 during her junior season and 30.4 points as a senior. She shot over 59 percent for her career and grabbed just over, 1,300 rebounds.
WSU has one additional scholarship to award and Rhodes has indicated he expects to sign one more player in the next few weeks.
ROMIE DeANDA G/F 6-1 Freshman El Paso, Texas (Socorro High)
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four varsity letters in basketball...coached by Ana Carroll (El Paso Times 1998 Coach of the Year)...played center, forward and guard positions...as a FRESHMAN averaged 10 points and was District 1-5A newcomer of the year...SOPHOMORE season named to the all-district first team and all-city second team while averaging 17.7 points and 9.5 rebounds...one of two players from Texas selected to attend the Women's Basketball Association camp in San Diego...during JUNIOR year aaveraged 18.6 points and 12.5 rebounds as team won Bi-District 2-5A title...co-MVP of the district and an all-city first team pick as well as a BCI All-American honoree...SENIOR year named to the all-tourney team at the Turkey Shoot-Out Basketball Classic in El Paso after scoring a tournament high 83 points in three games as Socorro won the team title...named El Paso Times Player of the Year after leading school to their first-ever appearance in the city playoffs...also MVP of District 2-5A...all-city and all-district post player...averaged 21 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.0 assists...shot 74% at the free throw line.
PERSONAL: Romelia (Romie) Luz De Anda...born 2-23-80 (18) at El Paso, Texas...parents Greg and Rosella De Anda...one brother Roel and one sister Rolaura...sister plays basketball at San Angelo State...enjoys running, listening to the radio and camping...member of the National Honor Society...scholastic average in high school 92.3%...interested in a degree in education.
WSU HEAD COACH HAROLD RHODES: "Romie will fit the type of athlete we are looking for. She is a tall player who can hit thre three and be active in our press. She runs the floor well, which adds to our transition game. In high school she did a little of everything. At 6-1, she was the one who brought the ball up the court under pressure. That will help our guards."