Dec. 2, 2010
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head women’s basketball coach Deb Patterson announced on Thursday the signing of two players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period from Nov. 10-17. The two new additions to the Wildcat roster in 2011-12 are: guard Haley Texada and guard Ashia Woods.
“Haley and Ashia will both add speed and strong ball-handling abilities to our perimeter game,” said Patterson about her two new charges. “Haley is as fast with the ball end line to end line as any player we have had at Kansas State. On the defensive end of the floor, she possesses the ability to pick up and defend well at 94-feet. Haley understands high intensity basketball and plays with a great toughness. Her ability to blow by defenders and put pressure on the rim is going to be great asset for us.
“Ashia is a tall guard who is terrific with her finishing ability at the rim. She is versatile, has quick hands and will elevate our level of athleticism on the perimeter. Her skills and ‘game’ are somewhat like former K-State great, Claire Coggins. Both Ashia and Haley are strong students and they will carry on the great tradition of academic excellence that is a hallmark of our K-State women’s basketball program.”
Texada is a 5-7 guard from Frisco, Texas and will enter the 2010-11 season with 1,165 points to her ledger at Wakeland High School. She enters the season ranked as the 75th best guard in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Following a 2010 season in which she helped the Wolverines to a state runner-up finish, Texada earned was named a TGCA All-State and TABC All-State recipient, garnered District 9-4A Offensive Player of the Year honors and was named to the All-District 9-4A first team. She also earned TABC All-Region honors after the 2010 season. For the season, she averaged 14.7 points while shooting 47 percent from the field and pulled in 4.0 rebounds per game.
Texada has also been a well-recognized player on the AAU circuit, earning all-tournament team honors at a number of events including: the Nike Music City Madness tournament in Nashville, Tenn., the Great American Shootout in Dallas, Texas, the Nike Cy-Fair Elite event and the Frisco Premier Tournament.
Woods is a 5-11 guard from Wichita, Kan., and will begin her senior season at Wichita Collegiate High School as a McDonald’s All-American candidate. She is a two-time All-State selection by the KBCA and earned All-State honors from the Wichita Eagle following the 2010 season in which she averaged 22.7 points while shooting 55 percent from the field, pulled in 7.4 rebounds and tallied 5.8 steals. Woods is also a three-time All-AVCTL first team honoree and a two-time All-Metro selection by the Wichita Eagle.
K-State returns to action on Sunday, as the Wildcats face No. 18 Iowa at 2 p.m., in Iowa City. The contest is part of the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge and can be heard on the K-State Sports Network or online at www.kstatesports.com.