Story courtesy: University of St. Thomas Athletics
The University of St. Thomas Women’s Basketball team brings in three freshmen for this year’s recruiting class.
The Celts, led by Head Coach Jae Cross are coming off their most successful season in program history. They finished with a 20-5 record in their first season in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and landed multiple all-Conference honors. UST Women’s Basketball was also named the one-seed in the USCAA National Tournament.
These incoming Celts look to pick up where the team left off after graduating All-time Leading Scorer, Sheridan Hopkins, the SCAC Defensive Player of the Year, Jazz Taylor and Second Team all-SCAC guard, Bresha Orange.
Miima Mpagi, from The Woodlands, is a 5’7 guard who went to The Woodlands High School. A three-time letter winner for the Highlanders, Mpagi averaged 10.5 points a game, 7.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals a game her senior year. She shot 32% from behind the arc and made 241 three’s in her career.
“Miima has a work ethic that will allow her to reach great heights as a basketball player. Not only will she create havoc defensively, she knows how to score” says Head Coach Jae Cross. “She is self-motivated to be the best that she can be and will make our team better. We are looking forward to seeing her in a Celt jersey.”
Lexea Nelson, a 6’2″ center will give the Celts size for this upcoming season. Nelson attended Boling High School and was a four year varsity player for the Bulldogs. She averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds helping the Bulldogs make playoff appearances in three of her four years. She earned First Team All-District and Academic honors during her time at Boling.
“Lexie knows how to put in the work. As a freshman she has already shown she is committed to the process” Cross said. “She will be an asset to our front court and the ultimate teammate. We are excited to have Lexie be part of our family.”
Wrapping up the recruiting class is 5’4 guard Emily Edwards from Cypress, Texas. Edwards comes to UST from Langham Creek High School where she played both Basketball and Soccer. During her time at Langham Creek, Emily was part of a winning culture where her team went deep into state playoffs. Edwards received Most Improved Player for the Lobos but was also honored with All-District Honorable Mention, Second Team All-District and Academic All-District and All-State.
“Emily knows how to compete. She has played with and against some great basketball athletes during her time at Langham Creek. Her ability to shoot and play aggressive defense will only help our back court. We are extremely excited to see Emily develop here at UST” said Cross.