CINCINNATI – The Xavier women’s basketball team has received four National Letters of Intent during the early signing period as announced by head coach Amy Waugh. Jenna Crittendon (Union, Ky./Ryle), Ce’Dra Evans (Toledo, Ohio/Rogers), Briana Glover (Mason, Ohio/Mason) and Kristine Rose (Miramar, Fla./Archbishop McCarthy) will be joining the Musketeers for the 2012-13 season.
This is the first recruiting class to sign under Waugh who is in her first year at the helm of the Xavier women’s basketball program.
“We are very excited to welcome Jenna, Ce’Dra, Briana and Kristine to the Xavier family,” commented Waugh. “Each of them will bring unique strengths, both on and off the court, which will be valuable assets to our program and University.”
Jenna Crittendon, a 5-10 guard at Ryle High School in Union, Ky., was rated No. 51 at her position by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, No. 72 by All Star Girls Basketball Report and No. 86 by ESPN HoopGurlz. The three-star recruit averaged 12.7 ppg., 8.9 rpg., 3.5 spg. and 2.0 apg. as a junior at Ryle and was named an Enquirer First Team All-Area selection. Crittendon chose Xavier over Cincinnati and Marquette. She played AAU ball with Louisville Lady Legends.
“Jenna is a hard-working tough guard who can stretch the defense with her outside shot and will bring a winning attitude from the first day she steps onto campus,” said Waugh. “She has great size and will compete every possession she is on the floor.”
Ce’Dra Evans, a 6-4 center at Rogers High School in Toledo, Ohio, was ranked No. 30 nationally at her position by All Star Girls Report and No. 38 by ESPN HoopGurlz. Evans helped lead her team to a 23-3 overall record, the Toledo City League title, a district and regional championship and an appearance in the state semifinals her junior season. The three-star prospect also considered interest from Houston, Miami, Oklahoma, and Syracuse.
“Ce’Dra is a 6-4 post player with a defensive presence about her and the ability and potential to develop into a consistent offensive threat inside,” Waugh remarked. “For her size, she gets up and down the floor very well which will be important for the pace we would like to play.”
Briana Glover, a 6-2 forward at Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. Rated a three-star prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz (No. 37 wing nationally), Glover averaged 11.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists as a junior at Mason and was a second-team, all-conference selection in the Greater Miami Conference. She helped lead Mason to a 17-7 overall record last season and a 95 mark in the GMC. Glover plays AAU ball with Sport City U and chose Xavier over Dayton and Louisville. Long, lean and athletic, Glover’s agility and speed is equal to most backcourt players, but her size allows her to apply that mobility against interior defensive match-ups.
“Briana is an athletic 6-2 forward who will also bring a great work ethic to our program,” commented Waugh. “She has seen success where ever she’s been and is a proven winner. We are excited about the versatility Briana can provide on both sides of the floor.”
Rounding out Xavier’s 2012 signing class is Kristine Rose, a 6-1 guard at Archbishop McCarthy High School in Miramar, Fla. The All Star Girls Basketball Report rated Rose as No. 76 nationally at her position. Rose helped lead Archbishop McCarthy to a 24-4 overall record and a No. 11 ranking in the state of Florida her junior year. She averaged a double-double with 15 ppg. and 12 rpg. and she finished the season with 14 double-doubles. Rose chose Xavier over George Mason, Cleveland State and Mississippi State.
“Kristine has great size on the wing and can play multiple positions in our program,” said Waugh. “She sees the floor extremely well, is able to attack the basket consistently and brings great athleticism to our core of guards.”