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April 17, 2014

Juco star Morice signs with MSSU women

Tami Morice, who scored 1,250 points during the past two seasons in junior college, will continue her career at Missouri Southern.

Morice, a 5-foot-11 guard, signed her national letter of intent on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s spring signing period.

Morice was named Region IV most valuable player and a second team All-American after averaging 18.1 points, eight rebounds and shooting 82 percent from the free-throw line for Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill. Morice scored 641 points as a freshman — the second-highest total in school history — and 609 last season to become the school’s career scoring leader.

The Kougars went 30-7 last season and finished eighth in the NJCAA Division II Tournament. They did not lose a home game during the last two seasons.

“We are thrilled to have Tami join our Lion family,” coach Ronda Hubbard said in a press release. “It’s pretty clear that being named an All-American indicates that she is one of the best players coming out of junior college this year.

“Tami is a scorer with great versatility. She can shoot the 3 as well as get to the rim, and she shoots a high percentage from the free-throw line. With her size, Tami shows a great ability to rebound and defend taller guards. We certainly expect her to have a major impact on our team right away.”

Morice was a four-year starter at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Ill., and set a school record with 1,257 career points. She helped the Warriors win two conference championships and three regional titles. In AAU ball, she helped the Illinois Central Elite win a national championship.

Morice, the daughter of Ron and Vicki Morice, plans to major in psychology at Missouri Southern.

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