Women's basketball completes 2004-05 recruiting class

Friday, May 21, 2004

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. (May 21, 2004) - The East Tennessee State University women's basketball squad has completed their 2004-2005 recruiting class with three student-athletes signing national letters of intent to compete for head coach Karen Kemp and ETSU during the 2005 campaign, it was announced today. Nichelle Akers (Sumter, S.C./Crestwood), Alisha Holmes (Orangeburg, S.C./Orangeburg-Wilkinson) and Kelly Turman (Atlanta, G.A./George Washington Carver) will join the 2004-05 Buccaneer basketball squad. Nichelle, a four-year member of the varsity team at Crestwood High School, will bring all-state talent and experience to the floor for the Lady Bucs. Competing for coach Lisa Ard, Akers was a two-year all-state honoree and four-year all-area and all-region competitor. Ranked as the number eight player in the South Carolina in 2004, Akers averaged 10.0 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per contest while holding the school career points record with her tally of 1,241 over her four-year career. Akers also competed for the S.C. Stars AAU basketball team and was the president of the FCA organization at Crestwood. Alisha Holmes comes to ETSU a four-year letterwinner from Orangeburg-Wilkinson having served team captain duties her final three years on the varsity squad. The daughter of Gregory and Annquinette Holmes, Alisha plans to major in sports management during her career at ETSU. A member of the Meadowlake Ballers AAU basketball squad, Holmes will contribute bringing depth at the point guard position for the Lady Bucs. Turman, a high school standout from Atlanta, G.A., will bring 25.8 points per game, 10.0 rebounds per game and five assists per game averages to the court for the Lady Bucs during the 2004-05 season. Leading her team during her senior season to the first state playoff appearance in Washington Carver history, Turman was garnered First-Team All-City, Most Valuable Player and the Coach's Award honors while finishing fifth in her class academically for her high school career. "We are very excited about having Alisha, Nichelle and Kelly join our basketball family. Alisha will give us much needed depth at the point guard position with her quickness and ball handling ability. Nichelle is very athletic and will give us size and quickness at the small forward position," ETSU head coach Karen Kemp said. "Kelly has great size and strength at the three-guard position and can score from the perimeter or take the defender off the dribble. All of our signees come from quality programs and they know how to win both on the court and in the classroom."
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