BOISE, Idaho (5/7/2007) Boise State’s Gordy Presnell, head women’s basketball coach, announced today the signing of three new athletes for next season. The threesome includes two junior college standouts and one from the high school ranks. The newest Broncos are Brittany Moore a 5-7 shooting guard from the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Jamia Malone a 5-7 point guard from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, and Melissa Rima a 6-2 post from Monroe Catholic High School in Fairbanks, Alaska. The three join Sierra Moeller, a 6-1 forward out of Pierre, South Dakota, who signed in November.
Together the four add skill and depth at most positions for the Broncos who lost three key senior contributors following the conclusion of the season in March. All four of the newcomers are capable of stepping in and contributing right away. However, the cupboard was not left bare for the 2007 Western Athletic Conference season and tournament champions as the Broncos return eight veterans from the recent campaign including three starters in All-WAC honoree Jessica Thompson, Tasha Harris, and Jackie Lee.
The addition of Moore gives the Boise State staff someone to replace out-going senior Nadia Begay and her outside threat. The CSI transfer led the Scenic West Athletic Conference in three-point percentage as a freshman in 2006 and led the league in three-pointers made per game each season. Malone increases the depth and scoring punch of the Bronco back court scoring 999 points while at Tyler Junior College where she was a highly decorated student-athlete for the Apaches playing the point position. Meanwhile, Melissa Rima and Sierra Moeller will be looked to for contributions in the post positions where the Broncos need to replace all-conference honoree Michelle Hessing and Jackie Thompson who started at the power forward. In all, the Boise State staff has added a quality recruiting class that is capable of helping keep the Broncos at the top of the league.
“We are not done recruiting, but feel our current class of four, helps in the present and builds on our success for the future,” commented Presnell. “I am proud of all four recruits’ academic accomplishments and look forward to what Boise State can offer them in furthering
their academic and athletic careers.”
Following are the bios for Boise State’s three newest recruits...
Moore just completed two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. While there, she was a two-year starter at shooting guard where she helped lead the Golden Eagles to two second place Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) finishes. CSI went a combined 50-14 overall and 30-8 in league play during Moore’s two seasons on campus. In two years at the Twin Falls school she garnered NJCAA honorable mention All-American recognition this past season as a sophomore, and was a two-time Region 18 all-region team honoree, including first team honors in 2007. In Moore’s career at CSI, she started in 49 of 59 games played, averaged 12.1 points per game while shooting 42.8 percent (252-of-589) from the floor, 37.4 percent (129-of-345) from beyond the three-point arc, and 70.9 percent (78-of-110) from the free throw line. In addition, she averaged 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. Moore was ranked in the top-five in the SWAC for scoring each season, as well as, leading the conference in three-pointers made per game each season at 2.4 (2005-06) and 2.0 (2006-07) per game respectively. As a freshman, she led the league in three-point percentage hitting 40.2 percent and ranked sixth as a sophomore at 34 percent. Moore is a native of Sparks, Nevada where she was a 2005 graduate of Reed High School. At RHS Moore helped lead the school to three league championships and two zone runner-up finishes. Moore was a four-year starter in high school earning first team all-region and all-district honors as a junior and senior. Brittany is the first female athlete to play for Boise State’s basketball program from the College of Southern Idaho. Moore verbally committed to Boise State in January and took no other recruiting trips.
What Boise State’s Coach Presnell says about Moore:
“Brittney is an outstanding shooter and was an honorable mention all-American this past winter. We feel very confident that she can step into Nadia Begays role and be a great shooter in our system. She is a very high academic kid and we look forward to her as a Bronco.”
What Boise State’s recruiting co-coordinator, coach J.R.Payne says about Moore:
“Brittany is a pure shooter with an extremely high basketball IQ. She will definitely be able to stretch the defense with her great outside shooting ability and her understanding of the college game will allow her to help us right away.”
JAMIA MALONE (Juh-mee-uh)...
Malone is a transfer from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. The Peoria, Illinois native has spent the last two seasons with the Apaches as a two-year starter at point guard where she led them to the 2007 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament advancing to the consolation bracket championship game. She also led Tyler to one NJCAA Region 14 Tournament championship, and two consecutive second place league finishes. Tyler had a combined overall record of 50-13 and a 27-9 league mark in Malone’s two seasons at the school. Malone’s honors included being named a 2007 NJCAA honorable mention All-American, the Region 14 Freshman of the year in 2006, and a two-time all-region and all-conference honoree. In two years, Malone played in 67 games and led the team in scoring each season finishing with 999 points, in addition, to averaging 14.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.6 steals during her career. She shot 41.4 percent (314-of-759) from the floor, 36.3 percent (153-of-422) from three-point range, and 69 percent (236-of-342) from the free throw line in two years at TJC. This past season as a sophomore Malone was ranked fifth in NJCAA Region 14 for scoring at 15.1 points per game, sixth in three-point percentage at 37.9 percent, third in free throw percentage at 73.9 percent, seventh in assists average at 3.9 per game, and ninth in steals average at 2.3. Malone is originally from Peoria, Illinois where she was a 2005 graduate of Peoria High School. During her prep career she earned all-tournament, all-conference, and all-academic team honors. In recruiting, Malone’s final choices came down to Boise State and Florida.
A comment by Malone about choosing between Boise State and Florida (quote from an article written by Joe Buie of the Tyler Morning Telegraph in Tyler, Texas):
"Florida's facilities are good, but their girls basketball program isn't as good as Boise's," said Malone..., "Boise just went to the NCAA Tournament and they have a winning record, and Florida is trying to rebuild. I really wanted to go to a winning program."
What Tyler Junior College’s Coach Trenia Jones says about Malone:
Jamia is a SCORER! She never met a shot that she did not like. Boise State has signed a young lady that wants to win and works hard to be the best player she can.
What Boise State’s Coach Presnell says about Malone:
“Jamia is a very good student and honorable mention All-American from Tyler Junior College. She has quite a resume, being Region 14 freshman of the year and a two-time all-conference and all-region honoree. She had some major league schools on her. She is very quick, can shoot the three, and upgrades what we all ready feel is one of the best backcourts in the west. We are excited about Jamia coming to Boise; she is a great kid, and a national caliber recruit.”
What Boise State’s recruiting co-coordinator, coach J.R. Payne says about Malone:
“We’re excited about what Jamia brings to our team both on and off the court. She has great athleticism and the ability to score in a variety of ways. I think she’ll be a perfect fit for the up tempo style of play that we love here at Boise State and will be a big part of the success of our program.”
MELISSA RIMA (Rye-muh)...
Rima is currently a senior at Monroe Catholic High School in Fairbanks, Alaska. She was a three-year starter for the Rams’ varsity squad as a freshman, sophomore, and senior splitting time primarily at the post positions. As a senior this past year Rima averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 3.6 steals per game. As a senior she also recorded 16 double-doubles, one triple-double, and the most points recorded in a season at the school with 503. Rima attended North Pole High School as a junior where she started for the Patriots averaging 17.7 points, 10 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 3 blocks, and 4.2 steals per game. During her four-year prep career her teams went 85-23 overall, 33-5 in league play, won four league and district championships, advanced to state four-times winning two and placing second once. Rima was a four-time all-state honoree, a two-time all-league first teamer, two-time region MVP, and was named a state tournament player of the game and defensive player of the game four-times. She lettered all four years and was named the team’s Defensive MVP as a junior and team MVP as a senior. Nationally, Rima was a McDonald’s All-American nominee, Hoopgurlz.com national honor roll member, and a Gatorade player of the year nominee. In addition to Boise State, Rima made visits to Washington, Portland, Montana, and Nebraska. She finally decided between Boise State and Nebraska.
A comment by Rima about choosing between Boise State and Nebraska (quote from an article written by Danny Martin of the Daily-News Miner in Fairbanks, Alaska):
“It was between those two, but I just felt more comfortable with Boise,” said Rima. “Again, the coaches and the players were welcoming, and it’s also closer to home.”
What they are saying about Rima (quotes from an article written by Danny Martin of the Daily-News Miner in Fairbanks, Alaska):
“She is very versatile for a big kid,” Barbara Berry (her AAU coach in Seattle) said. “She has a lot of offensive moves and she’s not just a catch-and-shoot player. If you take one move away from her, she’s got another to go with.”
Vince Fantazzi (her high school coach at Monroe) said. “...I told them they’re getting a heck of a young lady as far as character, drive and leadership.”
What Boise State’s Coach Presnell says about Rima:
“Melissa is a student athlete who has great potential. She is 6'2", and a McDonalds All-American nominee. She is able to play inside and outside. She is also a solid academic student. We look forward to her years as a Bronco. She has had a terrific high school career, and there is no reason to think she won't have a terrific college career. She was recruited by a number of schools.”