April 14, 2010
PULLMAN - The Washington State University women's basketball team has signed Rosetta Adzasu to a National Letter of Intent, head coach June Daugherty announced Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.
"Rosetta is an experienced and very talented point guard who is a proven winner," Daugherty said. "Her energetic playmaking skills are outstanding at both ends of the floor."
Adzasu, a 5-foot-5 guard from West Linn, Ore., was a 2008 McDonald's All-America nominee following her senior year at West Linn High School. She is transferring from Yakima Valley Community College, where she earned first-team All-Eastern Region honors as a sophomore in 2009-10.
Adzasu played her freshman season at Central Arizona College, where she helped lead the Vaqueras to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I National Championship. She was named to the NJCAA all-tournament team following the victory.
In her lone season with the Yaks, Adzasu also garnered first-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges All-Tournament honors after leading the team to the championship game. The Yaks went 13-1 in earning a second-straight Eastern Region championship, and Adzasu was named Most Inspirational at the NWAACC Tournament.
During her prep career, Adzasu was a three-time All-Three Rivers League honoree, and led the Lions to three-straight appearances in the Oregon School Activities Association 6A playoffs. She was the co-recipient of the team's Miss Offense Award as a senior, and represented Oregon in the Northwest Shootout, featuring the top players from Oregon and Washington. She was also named West Linn's best defensive player as a junior and most improved as a sophomore.
Daugherty also announced that sophomore Danielle LeNoir and freshman KiKi Moore, both members of the team in 2009-10, have requested and been granted their releases from their scholarships and will transfer at the conclusion of the academic year.
YVCC Head Coach Cody Butler on Rosetta Adzasu...
"We are extremely proud of what Rosetta has accomplished during her time at YVCC. Rosetta was instrumental in not only leading our team to a region championship, but she has also set a great example for our future players of what can be accomplished by committing yourself to academic goals. In nearly every game this season Rosetta's defensive intensity established the tone for our team. The infectious ferocity she displayed will have a lasting impact on our program long after she is winning games at Washington State."
"As a true point guard Rosetta was resistant to scoring at the beginning of the season, but in the best interest of the team she accepted and shouldered more of the scoring load as the year progressed. Unselfish team play, relentless ball pressure and the ability to push the ball up the floor amazingly fast defines what Rose brings to a team and also what our basketball program strives for every play of every game. Rosetta was the perfect fit for our system of play and she has elevated our program to a higher level. It is difficult to see her move on as her personality and talent will never truly be replaced. However, I'm confident she will continue to develop under the leadership of a great coaching staff at WSU and that she will experience the same athletic and academic success at Washington State University that she experienced at Yakima Valley Community College."