DENTON, Texas (8/21/08) University of North Texas women’s basketball head coach Shanice Stephens has announced that Niqky Hughes, one of the most talented players in the state of Texas, is transferring to the Mean Green. Hughes is leaving the University of Texas after two seasons and will have two years of eligibility left at North Texas after sitting out the upcoming season.
"I am excited about the addition of Niqky into the Mean Green family. Her tremendous level of success as a state champion at Waxahachie and her experience in the Big 12 will be invaluable to our building efforts," said Stephens. "I’m anxious to be able to work with Niqky on the court and even more excited about the time when she dons a Mean Green jersey. The program is built through strong recruiting and I believe Niqky’s coming to North Texas is an indication of the new era that is beginning here in Denton."
Hughes was the No. 4 ranked player in the state by TexasHoops.com coming out of high school. As a senior at Waxahachie she was a 2006 Street & Smith All-America Honorable Mention and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Honorable Mention.
She led the Indians to the state championship in 2006 and was named the state tournament’s MVP after averaging 20 points and 14.5 rebounds.
Hughes was the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Class 4A Player of the Year in addition to being named to the TABC and TGCA first-team all-state. In her junior season, she averaged 18.8 points a game and 5.6 rebounds. Hughes was a teammate of current North Texas forward Torrian Timms at Waxahachie.
At Texas last season, she saw action in 16 games. In her freshman season, Hughes averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds while playing in just under 14 minutes a contest. She had two starts and played in all 32 Longhorn games. She posted four double figures scoring games and had a career-high 15 points against Louisiana-Lafayette. Her career-high in rebounds, seven, came against Oregon State and Texas Tech.
Hughes will sit out the 2008-09 season due to NCAA transfer rules and be eligible at North Texas for the 2009-10 season. She joins Brittany Hudson, who transferred from Rice earlier in the year, as the first two signings for head coach Shanice Stephens.