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Three juco players sign with CCSU women's basketball team

From staff reports

The Clayton College & State University women's basketball program, the 2004-05 Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament champions, has signed a trio of players to help defend its titles.

Head coach Dennis Cox has announced the signing of three talented junior college players in Roberta Phillips, Teri Willis and Alecia Humphrey to letters of intent. All three players competed in the Florida Junior College ranks and will enter the Clayton State program as sophomores.

"We were extremely excited to sign these quality players at the onset of the late signing period," said head coach Dennis Cox. "There were lots of smiles and back slaps for everyone in the women's basketball office on signing day. Our players did a great job in recruiting these new players, and once again they delivered for us with the pressure on. These were heavily sought after recruits, and I think it just says a lot for the direction we're headed."

Phillips, a 5-foot-7 shooting guard from Savannah, GA, will transfer from Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, FL, where she played for coach Chanita Olds. She received NJCAA All-Region VIII honors this past year, while averaging 18.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 3.6 steals per game. She led her team to a 16-win season and a conference championship. She also shot 76 percent from the free throw line in 127 attempts. As a senior at Johnson High School in Savannah, Phillips averaged 19.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 6.0 and was named first team All-Region.

Willis is a 5-5 point guard and also hails from Savannah, Ga. She is a junior college transfer from Florida Community College in Jacksonville, Florida, where she played for coach Debra Woods. She is a two-time Mid-Florida All-Conference recipient, and as a sophomore, averaged 13.3 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.4 steals per game. She also made 84 three-point shots on the year and shot 78 percent from the free throw line. Willis played her high school career at Beach High School in Savannah.

A 6-2 post from Okmulgee, OK, Humphrey also played at Palm Beach Community College where she was a teammate of Phillips. Alecia received All-Southern Conference honors her sophomore season, averaging 12.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.2 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game. She also shot 50 percent from the floor in 242 attempts. Humphrey had a stellar high school career at Okmulgee High School in Oklahoma, where she averaged 22 points and 18.8 rebounds per game and recorded a career best 37 points in a game in her senior season.