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Nov. 12, 1997

Lady Raiders Sign Three High School Standouts

Alison Cudnoski, Tanisha Ellison, Amber Tarr ink with Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Texas Tech women's basketball team signed three high school standouts to national letters of intent today: Alison Cudnoski, Tanisha Ellison and Amber Tarr.

The first to sign was 6-0 post Amber Tarr of Class 2A Ozona High School. Tarr averaged 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds last season. Tarr helped lead Ozona to back-to-back State Championships during her freshman and sophomore seasons. She was named the state tournament MVP both of those years. She has also been the Standard Times All-West Texas MVP the last two years. Tarr has been an all-state selection the last three years.

Also signing with the Lady Raiders is Lubbock Monterey product Alison Cudnoski. Last season the 6-2 post averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. She shot 67 percent from the floor and 70.2 percent from the free-throw line during 1996-97.

The final signee is 6-1 post Tanisha Ellison of Houston's Alief Elsik High School. As a junior, Ellison averaged 15.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. She shot 62 percent from the free throw line and 54 percent from the field. Ellison has been as All-District, TABC All-Region and All-State selection. She was also chosen to the All-Greater Houston second team.

"We are excited to have these three athletes joining our program. They have been extremely well coached throughout their high school careers so that should make their transition easier. They are not only talented athletes but dedicated students as well," Texas Tech Head Coach Marsha Sharp said.

Today is the first day of the early signing season that runs through Wednesday, Nov. 19. Under NCAA regulations high school and junior college basketball prospects can sign National Letters of Intent.

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