Women's Basketball Welcomes The Addition Of Three Transfers

Sept. 21, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College Head Women's Basketball Coach Phil Seymore announced the addition of three transfers to his program. Two of the three transfers, Teya Wright (University of Massachusetts) and Miranda Tate (University of South Carolina) will have to sit out the 2009-10 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Tiffany Hurd, who comes to Providence College via Moorpark Junior College (Calif.) will be eligible to play immediately this season. The trio of players helps complete the list of five newcomers to the program. Providence previously signed freshmen guards Brianna Edwards (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.).

Teya Wright (Paterson, N.J.) is a six-foot-one-inch forward that played two years at UMass before coming to Providence. At UMass, Watson ranks 15th all-time in career rebounding average with 6.4 a game and is tied for 18th in career blocks with 35. As a sophomore, she appeared in 29 games and started 28, averaging 8.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 0.69 blocks per game. Wright led the team in rebounding and was sixth in the A-10. She was second in offensive rebounding in the conference with 99. She was fourth on the team in scoring and ranked fifth in the A-10 in field-goal percentage (51.3 percent). Wright had a career-high 24 points on November 28 against Colorado and 16 rebounds on December 10 against La Salle. During Wright's freshman year, she appeared in 30 games and started nine. She averaged 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Prior to attending UMass, Wright was a four-year letter winner at Paterson Eastside High School, where she was a two-time All-Passaic County and All-North New Jersey Interscholastic honoree. She averaged 15 points and 20 rebounds per game as a senior and led her team to a 26-4 record.

"Teya is a very athletic forward and is an excellent rebounder," said Head Coach Phil Seymore. "She runs the floor well and can contribute to our program at multiple positions. She will help bolster our front-court play."



Tiffany Hurd (Moorpark, Calif.) is a, five-foot-ten-inch, guard that played two years at Moorpark Junior College and appeared in 29 games and led her team in scoring and rebounding. Hurd averaged 19.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game. She hit 231 three-pointers, shooting 31.2-percent from beyond the arc. She scored 30-plus points nine times and 20-plus points eight times, earning Second Team All-State and First Team All-League and MVP of the team.

"Tiffany is an outstanding, drop-dead shooter, who can put the ball up from anywhere on the court," said Seymore. "In addition to her shooting ability, she's also a good passer and possesses and high basketball IQ."

Miranda Tate (Bolingbrook, Ill.) is a five-foot-eleven-inch guard that comes to Providence after seeing action in 21 games, averaging 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds as a freshman at the University of South Carolina. Highlights for Tate include scoring a team-high 13 points including three-three pointers against Davidson, 21 minutes against LSU scoring seven points, shooting a career-high 75 percent from the field with seven points against Vanderbilt and a game-high nine rebounds, adding seven points and four rebounds against High Point and adding eight points against Clemson. Tate played two years for Coach Anthony Smith's raiders at Bolingbrook High School and was ranked the 48th recruit in the country, according to the All-Star Girls' Report. Tate earned Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Third-Team and Champaign News-Gazette Honorable Mention All-State accolades her junior year and helped lead her team to a state championship and a 32-2 record as a sophomore.

"Miranda is an excellent ball handler that can slash through the lane and create offense," said Seymore. "She also has great range and can play a variety of positions on the perimeter, which makes her invaluable to our team when she's on the court."

Providence College opens the 2009-10 season on Friday, November 13 at Brown University. The tip-off time will be announced at a later date.

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