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Lady Knights announce signings for 2013-14 basketball recruiting class

Lady Knights announce signings for 2013-14 basketball recruiting class

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – Southern University at New Orleans women’s head basketball coach Elston King announced the signing of nine student-athletes Tuesday.

These student-athletes come from all over the country and the globe with three hailing from Louisiana, two from California, one each from Texas and Arkansas and two from Russia.

“After losing the core of our team we knew we had to add experience and depth in order to remain competitive in the GCAC”, said Coach King.  “With this class we have athletes that want to come in to compete and to win.  I know that our practices will be intense as this group works to make each other better and to earn playing time.”

“One the most important things we look for in our student athletes is that they are strong individuals who can represent themselves and the program in the right way.  I’m confident and my assistants are confident that we’ve done that with this collection of young ladies.”

Information on each of the signees:


Brandy Broome is a 5-foot-11 guard/forward from Natchitoches, LA.  Brandy spent two seasons at Pensacola State College where she led her team to back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA national semifinals.  During the 2011-2012 season she averaged 13.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists.


A 5-foot-4 guard from Monroe, LA, Victoria Davis is a transfer from Division I Southern-Baton Rouge.  She was limited last season by injury but led Louisiana in scoring at 33 points per game as a Senior at Richwood High School.


Shontae Dillon, a 5-foot-4 guard from New Orleans, LA averaged 8.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the University of Mobile last season as a sophomore.


Natalia Merkulova is a 5-foot-10 guard/forward from Moscow Russia.  As a sophomore at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa she averaged 7.8 points per game and led her conference with 43% from behind the three-point arc.  She was also named to the Division II Region XI All-Tournament Team.


A 5-foot-7 guard from Cerritos College (Norwalk, CA), Marissa Rendon was named First Team All-South Coast Conference after both her freshman and sophomore seasons.  During the 2012-13 campaign she averaged 13 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.


Lydia Ross, a 5-foot-5 junior guard from Dallas, Texas returns to SUNO after a two year absence.  Ross was named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Co-Freshman of the Year after the 2010-2011 season when she averaged 7 points and led the GCAC with 3.26 steals per game.  She was also selected to the All-Conference team.


Ksenia Sharan is a 6-foot-4 center from Nojbrsk City, Russia.  Last season as a sophomore she posted averages of 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds for Southeastern Community College where she teamed with Nathalia Merkulova to help lead the Lady Blackhawks to a 17-15 record.  She also finished third in the conference in field goal percentage.


A 5-foot-11 forward, Marquetta Stokes is a junior transfer from Pasadena Community College.  Stokes was a two-time First Team All-South Coast Conference selection and a member of the 2011-2012 California All-State team.  During her final season at Pasadena CC, she averaged 13 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.4 assists per game.


Breanna Wiley, a 5-foot-9 junior guard/forward from West Memphis, Arkansas.  As a freshman she played for Mid-South Community College (West Memphis, Arkansas) and put up averages of 18.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.  During her sophomore season at Coahoma Community College (Clarksdale, Mississippi) she averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds.  Breanna was invited to try out for the USA Junior National Team after her stellar career at West Memphis High School.