YUMA, AZ – Sophomore forward Samantha Wallace and sophomore guard Jazmin Strane of the Matador women’s basketball team announced that they will be continuing their basketball careers at the next level. Wallace has signed her National Letter of Intent with Angelo State in Texas, while Strane has signed hers with Alcorn State.
"We are happy for our sophomores as they continue their academic and athletic endeavors," said AWC head coach Patrick Cunningham. "All of our departing sophomores were two year contributors here and we appreciate the work and effort they put in on the floor, in the classroom and in the community."
Wallace has been a leader the last two years for the Matador women’s basketball team. She was named to the honorable mention NJCAA All-American Team her freshman year and earned a spot on the Third Team NJCAA Division 1 All-American team for her efforts this past season.
"Samantha is a tremendous athlete and we wish her well as she continues her career," said AWC head coach Patrick Cunningham. "She has a lot of untapped basketball potential and Angelo State is hoping that she will continue to improve her skill set and help them achieve success in their very competitive league."
Wallace finished her career at AWC by averaging a team best 14.3 points per game this past season. She also averaged a team best 10.5 rebounds per game and 3.2 blocks per game.
Jazmin Strane handled the point just fine this past season for the Lady Matadors. She finished her final season in Yuma by averaging 8.3 points per game to go along with five rebounds, three assists and two steals per game.
"We are excited for the opportunity that Jazmin has earned to continue her basketball and academic career at Alcorn State University," said AWC head coach Patrick Cunningham. “In Jazmin's time at Arizona Western, she helped us reach the NJCAA Region I semi-final game in both of her years. She played a lot of minutes for us and I am sure that her experience here will help her contribute to the program at Alcorn State over the next couple of years. We are happy and proud of her growth here academically, athletically and wish her well at the next level."
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