April 26, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Ariana (Ar-e-on-ah) Scales, a 5-foot-8 guard from Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kan., has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Washington State women's basketball team next fall, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Monday.
"Ariana should have an immediate impact the day she steps on campus," Murrell said. "Coming from an outstanding program like Cowley County and playing in a premier conference like the Jayhawk, she is well-prepared for Pacific-10 Conference basketball."
Scales is the third signee that Murrell has secured this spring and the fourth member of the Cougars' 2004-05 recruiting class. Earlier this month, Jordan McCormick (5-foot-10 guard, El Cerrito, Calif.) and Dani Montgomery (5-foot-11 guard, Medford, Ore.) signed with WSU. Early period signee Sabrina Shired (6-foot-5 center, Petaluma, Calif.) completes the quartet. Additionally, Murrell expects to ink an additional commitment during the spring signing period, which runs through May 15.
Playing for coach Stephanie Smith at Cowley County CC, Scales averaged 20.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game for a team that went 23-9 last season. Scales' numbers earned her a Second Team All-Region VI selection and an All-Jayhawk Conference First Team accolade.
While at Cowley, Scales set school records for points in a game (42), field goals made in a game (17), field goals made in a season (255), three-point baskets made in a season (75), and points in a season (654).
"She has the ability to hit the three as well as shoot the mid-range jumper," Murrell said of Scales. "At the same time, she can create her own shot and make the smart passes when the defense rotates."
"Ariana is a great offensive player," Smith said. "Scoring is her forte. She is a great athlete who is a difference maker. When the game is on the line she can step up and get the points needed."
Prior to coming to Cowley, Scales spent a year at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo. While at Jefferson, Scales averaged 20 points, six assists, five steals and four rebounds a game.
Scales attended Topeka West High School in Topeka, Kan., where she was an All-State selection in her senior season. Scales graduated from Topeka West holding career marks in points, assists and field goal percentage.
"Ariana can definitely make the players around her better," Murrell said. "All of us are tremendously excited about her commitment and I believe Cougar fans are going to love watching her play."