Tulsa Women's Hoops Sign Two to National Letters-of-Intent
Nov. 13, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa signed two women's basketball players to national letters-of-intent, including Jordyn Holmes and Erika Wakefield, as announced today by Head Coach Matilda Mossman.
Holmes, a 5-11 guard from Austin, Texas, earned one letter at Crockett High School as a junior. She was named as the District Newcomer of the Year and was a first-team all-district honoree last year, while averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds, six steals, three assists and two blocks per game. Holmes helped CHS post an 8-2 mark in district play, the best in school history, and finish second in the district for just the second time in program history. In her first game this season, she scored 17 points and pulled down 28 rebounds. Holmes was also one of 43 finalists competing for 12 spots on the USA Basketball U16 Women's National Basketball Team that competed in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship last summer. Holmes is also a standout track athlete and was an area qualifier in five events, including the 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, shot put, discus and 800-meter relay.
"Jordyn is a big, strong guard who can get to the rim and get herself to the free throw line," Mossman said. "Right now her strength is her mid-range game, but we hope to extend that to more of an outside game over time. She is an explosive kid who has a huge upside. I love the fact that she loves to train, she loves to play and she loves to win. The more she played this summer, the more attention she attracted, so we feel fortunate to have gotten her."
A 5-4 point guard from Moore, Okla., Wakefield is a three-year letterwinner at Heritage Hall High School. She has helped HHHS post a 40-13 mark the last two seasons, and has tallied 1,434 points, 357 rebounds, 315 steals, 219 assists and 39 blocks in her career. As a junior, Wakefield averaged 19.7 points per game, while recording 180 rebounds, 119 steals, 99 assists and 17 blocks. She was selected as the Best Offensive Player as a junior, the Most Valuable Player as a sophomore and the Best All-Around Player as a freshman. Wakefield has also earned one letter in soccer and one in track and field at HHHS.
"Erika has excellent ball-handling skills and has an innate ability to get herself to the free throw line," Mossman said. "She plays with a low center of gravity so she can shift her body around defenders in getting to the rim. This same low center of gravity also allows her to be a very good defensive player. The thing I love about her is her game face - it is the same whether she is ahead or behind."
"Both of these young ladies bring an up-tempo style of play to our team," Mossman said. "Our fans will enjoy watching them and getting to know them. We are excited about adding Jordyn, Erika and their families to our TU basketball family."
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