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November 11, 1999

Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa first-year Head Basketball Coach Kathy McConnell-Miller announced today the signing of Kim Chiconas, Kayla Elliott and Becky Heidotten to national letters-of-intent on the first day of the early signing period for high school seniors.

Chiconas, a 6'1" forward from of Jenks, Okla., averaged 10.6 points and 6.0 rebounds as a junior. She led the Trojans to a 19-9 overall record and a 6A state semifinal appearance last season. Chiconas was recently named to the Tulsa World preseason blue-chip top-25, a ranking of the state of Oklahoma's top 25 players. She is rated among the top 10 players in the state by Greg Swaim of Midwest Basketball and ranks as the sixth-best player in the state according to National PrepHoops.

"Kim is a great addition to our inside game," McConnell-Miller said. "She has a very good understanding of the game and the determination to win every time she steps on the floor. Since our first meeting, Kim and her parents, Pete and Ruth, have believed TU is the home for them."

She chose Tulsa over Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas State, UTEP and Missouri-Kansas City.

Elliott is a 5'9" guard from Southeast High School in Oklahoma City. A three-year letterwinner, Elliott has career averages of 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. She has started every game since her freshman year and has led the team in scoring each of the last three seasons. As a junior, she was an all-city and all-league selection. Elliott led her AAU team, the Oklahoma Storm, to a second-place finish at the AAU National Tournament this past summer. She is rated as the fifth-best player in the state of Oklahoma by National PrepHoops.

"Kayla is an outstanding guard with many weapons. She is an exceptional player and a true competitor who knows how to win. Although she has achieved great success at the high school and AAU level, we believe Kayla's best days are ahead of her," McConnell-Miller said.

She chose Tulsa over Rice, Oklahoma State and Memphis.

Heidotten, a 6'3" center from St. Louis, Mo., has averaged 8.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in three seasons at Rosary High School. Last season as a junior, she led her team to a 22-6 overall record. She was named to the 3A all-conference first team and received honorable mention all-district merits, while serving as one of the team co-captains. As a sophomore, Heidotten helped her team win the 3A state championship and was a second-team all-conference selection. Heidotten received honorable mention all-conference honors as a freshman as her team finished as the 3A state runner-up. This past summer, she was selected to the WBCA/Reebok Premier All-Senior team. Heidotten is rated as one of the top players in the Midwest by Greg Swaim of Midwest Basketball.

"Becky has the body of a forward, but the skills of a guard. She has speed and quickness that will enhance our up-tempo style of play. Becky has great hands and plays with great finesse in the interior. She has the potential to contribute very early in her careers," McConnell-Miller said.

She chose Tulsa over Xavier and Central Florida.

"This class has the potential to make an impact on our program immediately. We're excited that Kim, Kayla and Becky committed to Tulsa. They each believe in the future of Tulsa women's basketball, and will compliment a solid core of returning players to help take us to the next level," McConnell-Miller said.