April 19, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's basketball has added four signees for the 2000-01 season, head coach Jenny Przekwas announced Wednesday.
The quartet includes Sarah Barrett (Chemeketa CC/Salem, Ore.), Szudia (pronounced Shoe-Dee-uh) Bragg (Phoenix College/Phoenix, Ariz.), Candace Fields (Coolidge HS/Coolidge, Ariz.) and Rebecca Jordan (Kingman HS/Kingman, Ariz.).
Barrett, a 5-9 guard, averaged 14 points, nine assists, four rebounds and four steals per game during Chemeketa's 28-5 campaign in 1999-2000. She established a school-record with ten steals against Lower Columbia CC and added 20 points, 11 rebounds and ten assists for a quadruple-double. Barrett also set the Chemeketa record for steals in a season with 116 and was named co-Most Valuable Player of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.
"Sarah is a versatile 1-2 guard with good size," Przekwas said. "She has a strong basketball sense, complimenting good shooting and passing skills. Her defense is strong and, given her two years of college experience, I expect she will contribute immediately."
"Sarah is a wonderful student-athlete," Chemeketa head coach Marty Branch said. "She is a team leader. I feel Washington State is getting a great athlete and a great citizen."
Bragg, a 5-10 guard/forward, averaged 14 points, 7.6 rebounds, three assists and two steals per outing last season for Phoenix while serving as team captain.
"Shoe is a terrific athlete with a new look to offer the Cougars," Przekwas said. "Her aggressive style with the ball and on the boards as impressed us. Again, we feel she can play right away. She finished her sophomore year in junior college at the national tournament, so she has the winning spirit we need."
"Szudia is a great person to have around," Phoenix head coach Cassie Sawyer said. "She worked really hard the last two years and improved her game."
Fields, a 6-2 forward, was a three-year letterwinner at Coolidge, earned the Copper Region Player of the Year Award while leading Bears to a 20-5 record and a berth in the Arizona High School state playoffs. She was also a member of the AAU's Tucson Miracles, and averaged 18 points and 14 rebounds per contest last season.
"Candace is a freshman with an enormous amount of potential," Przekwas said. "She has good size and also very good strength. We're looking forward to working with Candace over the next four years and feel she could make an impact on Pac-10 basketball before her career is finished."
"She is really a diamond in the rough," Miracles' coach Stevie Turner said. "She is going to be a great player in the Pac-10. She adapts to the higher level of play better than anyone I have ever coached."
Jordan, a 6-0 guard, averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks while leading Kingman to the second round of the Arizona High School state playoffs. She was named to the all-conference team for Northwest Region 5A.
"Becca may have been overlooked her senior season because of a knee injury, but we are fortunate to have her join the Cougar program," Przekwas said. Her height will be an asset at the shooting guard spot. She's very comfortable with the ball in her hands."
"It's pretty exciting to have a player from this area sign," Kingman head coach Amie Hanks said. "She made a tremendous comeback after being injured her junior season."