RSU Women's Basketball announces 2020-21 signee class
The Rogers State Women's basketball team and head coach Kyle Bent have announced the 2020-21 signee class for the Hillcats.
"My staff and I are excited about this incoming class," said Bent. "We have added experience and height to accommodate our returners, who all received significant minutes last season. We learned a lot last year competing in the MIAA Conference. It is extremely competitive and boasts high IQ talent."
The class features eight newcomers, including three freshmen, three junior college transfers and two Division I transfers.
"Coach Ashlee Pitts and Coach Jasmine Cincore did a great job identifying student-athletes that could immediately assimilate to this conference," added Bent. "Obviously, many boxes need to be checked between now and November, but we are enthusiastic about who has signed, and those that are returning."
Kloe Bowin joins the Hillcats from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where she recently wrapped up her prep career at Tahlequah High School. The forward stands at 6'2" and was recently named to the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-Region Large School East Team.
Bowin helped lead three Lady Tigers' teams to the state tournament, including the 2019-20 season, as Tahlequah went 19-7 overall and 10-4 in the Metro Lakes Conference. Bowin was second on the team in both scoring (8.7 points) and rebounding (5.7) as a senior and she led Tahlequah with 70 blocked shots and shot a team-high 55 percent from the floor.
Maya (Camille) Buckhanon will come to College Hill from Talladega, Alabama, by way of the University of Memphis. The forward/center also stands at 6'2 and saw action each of the last two seasons for the Tigers. Buckhannon has appeared in 16 games with two starts. She recorded five rebounds to lead the Tigers at national power UConn.
At Talladega, Buckhanon was an ASWA All-State first team member as a senior, improving from a second team nod as a junior. She averaged 28 points, 15 rebounds, six blocks, three assists and two steals during her senior campaign. She was the No. 30 ranked center in the signing class after posting numbers of 26 points and 15 rebounds as a junior. Buckhanon scored a career-high 38 points as a junior and is the all-time leader in rebounds and blocks at Talladega.
Taryn Kelley will join the Red and Navy from nearby Owasso, Oklahoma where she played for Rejoice Christian School before attending Allen Community College for one season. The 5'7" shooting guard will join the Hillcats as a sophomore after playing in 26 games for the Red Devils last season.
Prior to her time in Iola, Kansas, Kelley spent four years on the varsity team at Rejoice Christian, most recently under head coach Christie Wilson, where she helped lead the program to a regional title in 2019. Kelley was also an AAU teammate of fellow signee Bowin.
Vuye Magalela will join the Hillcats after a year away from collegiate basketball. Originally from Harare, Zimbabwe, Magalela played high school basketball at Plano West in Texas. The 6'0" forward spent one season at Eastern Illinois, but didn't appear in a contest.
Magalela played for Coach Kristen Perry at Plano West. During her senior year, she helped the team win 25 games, averaging 4.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. As a junior, Magalela helped the Wolves to 33 wins, including a 15-1 record in district play, and an appearance in the regional finals.
Macie Jo Pierce joins the Red and Navy after spending two seasons at Northern Oklahoma-Enid. The 5'7" guard from Locust Grove, Oklahoma started all 32 games for the Jets as a sophomore, averaging 8.0 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the field. She also had 2.5 rebounds per game and averaged 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals.
While at Locust Grove High School, Pierce was named to the Northeast Oklahoma All-VYPE first team ant the VYPE Girls Basketball Player of the Year as a senior as she led the Pirates to the state tournament.
Maisie Schroeder comes to College Hill after spending one season at Allen Community College with fellow signee Taryn Kelley. The 6'0" guard/forward started 25 games and averaged 7.0 points with 5.1 rebounds in her one season with the Red Devils. Prior to Allen, Schroeder spent one season at Manhattan Christian, starting every game and leading the team in points (17.4) and assists (2.9) while shooting 41 percent from the field. She also averaged 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.
A native of Hartford, Kansas, Schroeder was a Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-State team honoree at Hartford High School after leading her team to the state championship game as a senior. Schroeder averaged double figures as a sophomore junior and senior for the Jaguars.
Shay Stone will join the Hillcats after being a key part of East Central's back-to-back state tournament appearances over the last two seasons and three of the four years she was a member of the Cardinals. The 6'2" forward/center and Tulsa, Oklahoma native helped East Central to four consecutive winning seasons.
As a senior, Stone earned All-Tulsa World and The Oklahoman honorable mention honors after leading the team to a 14-6 record before the season was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She finished the year averaging 12.0 points per game. In Stone's junior and sophomore years, she helped East Central to a pair of 16-win seasons.
Zoey Whiteley comes to College Hill after an impressive senior season for Fort Gibson High School. The 5'7" guard earned multiple all-conference and all-area honors, as well as Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-State honors. The Braggs, Oklahoma native was a three-sport star for Fort Gibson, reaching the state championships in track and field while helping her soccer team to three consecutive district championships.
On the hardwood, Whiteley led Fort Gibson to the state tournament all four years, including a 22-2 record in 2019-20 with an undefeated mark in district play. Whiteley helped the Tigers to 23-win seasons as a sophomore and a junior, including a state championship in 2018.
The eight signees for the women's basketball program mark the second signee class for Bent, who will enter his third season at the helm of the Hillcats.