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July 9, 2013

Crowder announces three signees for women's basketball

Crowder College coach Tina Robbins, replenishing the roster after last season’s trip to the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, announced the addition of three more players on Tuesday.

The three incoming freshmen include size, athleticism and should strengthen the guard position, Robbins said.

They are 5-foot-6 Jessica Patterson of Tulsa Memorial, 5-5 Tiffany Rhame of Farmington (Ark.) and 6-2 Brazilian Mariana Silva.

Patterson helped Class 5A Memorial, coached by Rabu Leyva, reach the state tournament for the third time in her four years. The 2012-13 edition lost to Shawnee in the first round.

Rhame, as a junior, helped Farmington, just outside Fayetteville, reach the Class 4A championship game. Brad Johnson guided the Cardinals to a 20-9 record in Rhame’s senior campaign.

Said Robbins: “An impressive attribute about Patterson and Rhame is their knowing how to win and coming from outstanding programs.”

Patterson, as a senior, averaged 6.5 points, 3.6 assists and 2.6 steals.

“Patterson, honorable mention all-Metro as well as all-Green Country, is very athletic and is a very good defender,” Robbins said.

Rhame averaged 8 points, 5.1 assists and 3.2 steals as a senior.

“Rhame, twice all-conference and a member of the (Rogers) KURM Dream Team, really can handle the ball,” Robbins said. “She’s a gym rat and will only improve.”

Robbins said statistics weren’t available for Silva, of Sao Paulo.

“We’ve seen her on film, of course,” Robbins said. “She’s a strong 6-2 and appears to be athletic. She can step out and shoot the ball.

“Our overall roster is at 10,” Robbins said. “We expect to hear from a couple more players.”

Robbins also said that 6-0 veteran Veronica Amos, from Kennett, Mo., has signed with NCAA Division II Texas A&M International University of Laredo.

“She really enjoyed her visit,” Robbins said. “She liked the coaches and campus.”

The Dustdevils belong to the Heartland Conference and were 10-16 overall and 5-7 in the league last season.

Robbins said 5-7 sophomore Caprese Marshall (Springfield Central) currently plans to just continue her education.

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