| Meet the 2012 UST Women’s Basketball Signing Class |
The University of St. Thomas women’s basketball program has added five freshmen to its roster in preparation for its second season.
“We really feel like we have gone out and added five quality student-athletes to our program," Head Coach Mike Ricks said. "All five of these young women are already very accomplished individuals. We expect them to represent our program well and to help make us more competitive.”
Kirstin Lee – Christian Home School Athletics
Kirstin Lee joins the Lady Celts from CHSA, where she scored 2,542 points during her four-year varsity career. This past spring, CHSA earned 11th
place at the National Home School Basketball Championships and fifth at the Texas Home School Basketball Championships.
Lee received numerous honors during her high school career, including being named to the 2012 National All-Region Team. Lee was also presented with the National All-Tournament Award at the 2012 National Christian Home School Basketball Championships.
Lee excelled academically with a 3.97 GPA and a 3.39 GPA for her 32 dual credit hours earned at San Jacinto College. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
Lee plans to major in nursing.
“I’ve always been impressed with how quickly she has adapted to playing with our girls and not backing down from them," Ricks said. "She has a competitive streak that we need in our program."
Taylor Mitchell – Ball High School
Taylor Mitchell signs with the Lady Celts after a stand-out senior year in Galveston, Texas where she posted averages of 8.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. A multi-sport athlete, Mitchell also competed as a member of Ball’s volleyball and track teams.
In addition to her athletic success, Mitchell was a member of the 24-AAA All-Academic Team, a National Honor Society member and a Moody Scholar. She also served as senior class secretary and was the 2011 homecoming queen.
Mitchell plans to major in biology.
“Taylor is an athletic post who will play the four and the five for us next season," Ricks said. "We really like how effectively she rebounds and she finishes well around the basket. We expect big things from Taylor at UST.”
Madison Miller – Memorial High School
Madison Miller joins the Lady Celts coming off of a stand-out high school career. During her senior season, she averaged 5.1 points and 5.3 assists per game. In her four years at Memorial, Miller was named to the 19-AAAAA All-District First Team and the All-District Second Team twice each.
Miller was a member of the District 19-AAAAA All-Academic Team from 2008-2011. During her senior season, she was named Academic All-State.
Miller plans to major in education.
“Madison is a point guard who has an unbelievable feel for the game," Ricks said. "She is like a coach on the floor. When I had the chance to see her play, it was clear she was running the show and doing it the way her coach needed her to. There doesn’t seem to be much that rattles her.”
Erin Holliday – John Paul II High School
Erin Holliday signs with UST after playing at John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas. During her senior season, Holliday averaged 2.7 points and 1.3 rebounds on a talented team that was a 2012 Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools State Semi-Finalist. Holliday is no stranger to success as John Paul II was also a TAPPS State Runner-Up in 2011.
Holliday's career caught fire in March and April at unsigned senior events garnering attention from several colleges.
Throughout her high school career, Holliday has been active in the National Charity League.
Holliday plans to major in communications.
“When I first saw Erin play I was immediately impressed by how hard she plays," Ricks said. "A 6-foot-1-inch wing who can shoot the ball, she will have a chance to play the three and the four for us. Because of her length and how hard she plays, Erin can guard two-five. The sky is the limit for her if she works at it.”
Erin Quinones – Christian Home School Athletics
Erin Quinones signs with UST from CHSA. Teaming up with incoming freshman Lee, Quinones helped to lead CHSA to an 11th
place finish at the National Christian Home School Basketball Championships. During her senior season, Quinones averaged nine points and 10 rebounds per game.
Quinones was named to the All-Tournament Team during the 2012 National Christian Home School Basketball Tournament.
Quinones is an accomplished writer, having had her paper “Flying to New Heights: The Life Story of Elizabeth 'Bessie' Coleman" published in Touchstone Magazine in 2011. A dual-credit student at San Jacinto College, she was also one of only two students nominated to serve a two-year term as a student representative to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Advisory Committee.
Quinones plans to major in mathematics.
“We are excited to have Erin join our program at UST," Ricks said. "She is a hard worker, a great shooter and she has a very positive personality that will really help us get through the ups and downs of a college basketball season.”
The Lady Celts open the 2012-2013 season with a scrimmage against San Jacinto College, with tipoff at 5:30 p.m. on October 24 in Jerabeck Gymnasium.