Nov. 9, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State head women's basketball coach June Daugherty has announced the signing of Dawnyelle Awa and Emalia Galdeira out of Hawai'i, Whitney Tinjum from Minnesota, Taylor Edmondson out of New Mexico and Mariah Cooks and Alex Williamson from California to National Letters of Intent to join the Cougars next season.
"We are extremely proud of the talented and athletic class that will be joining Cougar basketball next fall," Daugherty stated. "They bring a wealth of talent that covers every need of our program. They are high quality individuals who continue to work at their game to become great every day."
Awa is a 5-7 guard out of Konawaena High School in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i. She is a three-time First Team All-State honoree and a three-time All-Big Island Interscholastic Federation League selection. Awa has been named the league's player of the year twice and served as team captain all four years.
"I chose WSU because of the team, the coaches, the school and community," Awa said. "I feel that Washington State is the best fit me and I'm glad to be a Coug!"
Galdeira is a 5-6 guard out of Konawaena High School in Kamuela, Hawai'i. Galdeira has been named the state's player of the year twice and to the All-State first team three times. She was named to the State Tournament's all-tournament team three times and to the Iolani All-Tournament team twice.
Tinjum, a 6-1 forward out of Chisago Lakes High School in Stacy, Minn., is a three-time all-state selection and has been named North Suburban Conference Player of the Year the past three years. She average 20. 3 ppg and 9.7 rpg as a freshman, 22.6 ppg and 10.8 rpg as a sophomore and 22.7 ppg and 9.8 rpg as a junior.
"I chose Washington State because of the wonderful atmosphere," Tinjum stated. "Not only are the coaches and players people that I want to spend time with, but also people that I respect and feel comfortable around. The facilities are spectacular and it was obvious to see that the student-athletes at Washington State were provided with great academic and athletic opportunities. I am extremely excited to be a part of the program! Go Cougs!"
Edmondson, out of Carlsbad Senior High School in Carlsbad, N.M., was named the District 4-5A Player of the Year and a First Team All-State selection last season as junior. In 30 games last year, the 5-11 guard averaged 17.4 ppg, 3.0 apg, 3.6 spg before averaging 25.0 ppg in the 5A state tournament. Edmondson is a three-time all-district selection, receiving second team honors as a freshman and first team honors and sophomore and junior. She is a two-time All-District first team selection in volleyball, earning all-state honorable mention and District 4-5A Player of the Year accolades last season. Edmondson also competes in track & field and has set school records in the triple jump, placing second in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump at last year's State Championships. She is an honor roll student, a member of the Keystone Club and coaches at the Boys and Girls Club.
"I chose Washington State because the two days I was there for my official visit, the coaches and the team made me feel like I was already part of their family," Edmondson said. "I felt like I couldn't fit in anywhere else better. I loved everything about Washington State, Coach June, Coach Brian, Coach Mac and all of the girls."
Cooks, out of Ernest Righetti High School in Santa Maria, Calif., is a two-time all-league selection, earning first team honors last year as a junior. The 6-0 guard averaged 17.2 ppg and 10.7 rpg last season.
"I chose Washington State because it honestly felt like home to me," Cooks stated. "The team and coaches were so welcoming and I could tell that the coaches were very passionate about the program. My family loves WSU and I can honestly say that Washington State is the place for me."
Williamson, out of Mater Dei High School in Chino Hills, Calif., is a two-time All-Trinity League selection and has helped the Monarchs claim two state titles. The 5-9 guard was named the most valuable player at the Palm Springs tournament as a sophomore and later earned MVP honors at the Matt Denning Classic as a junior. Williamson is a three-year starter for the Monarchs and served as a team captain her junior year.
"I chose Washington State because I loved the family atmosphere and the spirit of the team," Williamson stated. "The coaches were so supportive and the players were just so fun to hang out with. They have a beautiful campus and I really liked how spirited and loyal their fans are. Just seeing the college town and the fans swarming Pullman right before the big football game was such a fun atmosphere to be in."
"The talent pool has been expanded due to the recent success of our program," Daugherty said when talking about a signing class made up of players from all over the country. This class and future recruits now have the opportunity to play in the Pac-12 Conference and to be showcased on the best television package in college sports, the Pac-12 Network which starts next year."