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Nov. 10, 2000

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Lady Raider basketball team has signed local standout Kari Jo Simmons to a National Letter of Intent to attend Texas Tech University in the fall of 2001. Tech has now inked four players, including the three who signed last Wednesday: Jametra Clark (Hale Center, Texas), La'Tosha Daniels (Fort Worth, Texas) and Cisti Greenwalt (Clovis, N.M.).

"I think the thing we looked to add behind this big group of freshmen we have this year was as much athleticism," said Texas Tech head coach Marsha Sharp. "We weren't necessarily so concerned about what position they played but what they brought to the table from an athletic point of view. I think we have done that.

"Linden (Weese), Roger (Reding) and Lance (White) have done a great job of identifying those kids and giving us a chance to sign them. We are so happy that all of them have decided to be part of our program. I think it is a terrific back-to-back class with our freshmen and them. We are real excited about what the future holds for Lady Raider basketball."

Kari Jo Simmons, a 5-9 point guard from Lubbock, Texas and Monterey High School, played her first two years of high school basketball at Olathe South High School in Olathe, Kan. before moving to Lubbock. Last season at Monterey, Simmons was named second team all-district after playing in a minimum number of games. She was also named a 2000 BCI All-American. While a sophomore Olathe South, she was named to the first team All-Sunflower league and first team all-county. Simmons was also named Sophomore of the Year in Johnson County and third team All-Class Topeka and honorable mention All-Class Wichita. Simmons averaged 10 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals a game.

"Kari Jo comes out of a great program at Monterey High School," said Sharp. "We are always excited to have a local player stay at home. She may not be quite as known as some others to people in Lubbock because she has only been at Monterey for a semester. But she was highly recruited by a lot of schools in the Midwest because she had played most of her basketball in the Kansas area. We really feel like she brings the qualities that we love in point guards. She is very athletic, fundamentally sound and has a lot of special traits that we think will be a huge addition to our guards and to our program."




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