DENTON (11/10/04) - The North Texas women’s basketball team signed four players to national letters of intent Wednesday on the first day of early signing period. North Texas added Jo Hall, a 5-8 guard from Cedar Park, Sanetra Jackson, a 5-8 guard from San Antonio, Tricia Lee, a 5-8 guard from Fort Wayne, Ind., along with Ashley Vation a 6-0 forward from Mansfield.
All four players are ranked in the top 35 in the state of Texas by TexasHoops.com. Lee was ranked as the 17th best senior in the state of Texas by TexasHoops.com while at Haltom High School prior to moving to Indiana for her senior season.
“This is a great signing class for the future of our program. My assistants have done a tremendous job in locating and recruiting, not only great players, but great people to our program. I am extremely excited about what this freshmen class brings to the table. They are very versatile and compliment each other extremely well,” said head coach Tina Slinker.
Jackson, considered one of the best scoring guards in the state of Texas, averaged 20.9 points a games last season and was named to the second team-all state by the TABC.
“Sanetra Jackson is one of the best scoring guards in the Region. She is a combo guard that can do it all. She has the ability to shoot the 3-point shot and can score off of the dribble. One of the most remarkable attributes is that Sanetra can create her own scoring opportunity. She is extremely athletic and can defend and get to the boards. We are very pleased to have Sanetra on board,” said Slinker.
Hall is a two-time all-region selection and averaged a double-double last season with 17.6 points and 10.1 rebounds a game.
“Jo Hall is a solid guard and forward that can score. She has great court sense and knows the game extremely well. She is powerful and explosive and has the ability to get to the boards as well. Jo will be a great addition for our outside scoring and I know she has the ability to contribute right away” Slinker said.
Vation is ranked as the 35th best senior in the state of Texas and is a two-time all-district selection. Last season she averaged 10.1 points and 4.5 rebounds a game.
“Ashley Vation is a strong, athletic forward who knows how to score. She has the ability to get up and down the floor and is a solid rebounding guard. I believe that Ashley is a great steal for our program. I know she will be a very versatility Division 1 player and I am excited to have her as a part of our program” said Slinker.
Lee was named to the second team all-region team last season after averaging 20 points a game and seven rebounds at Haltom High School.
“Tricia Lee is a tremendous shooter. She has the ability to really knock down the 3 point shot. She is a solid all-around player and can play both the shooting guard and the point position. We are very fortunate to have Tricia on-board. Her outside scoring ability will definitely prove to be a weapon for us in the future” Slinker said.
North Texas begins the 2004-05 season on November 19 at home against the Binghamton Bearcats.
Jo Hall, 5-8, Guard/Forward, Cedar Park, Texas (Cedar Park H.S.)
Hall is ranked as the 23rd best senior in the state of Texas by TexasHoops.com. As a junior Hall averaged 17.6 points and 10.1 rebounds a game. She was named to the first-team all-region, first-team all-centex, and first team all-district last season. Hall shot 48 percent from the floor last season and averaged 4.3 steals a game. As a sophomore Hall was named to the first-team all-district and second-team all-centex. She averaged 14.3 points and 7.1 rebounds a game along with 4.2 steals her sophomore season. Hall chose North Texas over Miami, Boston University, Texas State, and Stephen F. Austin.
Sanetra Jackson, 5-8, Guard, San Antonio, Texas (Clark H.S.)
Jackson is ranked as the 16th best senior in the state of Texas by TexasHoops.com. She was named the MVP of the BCI National Tournament held in Dallas this past summer. Jackson was named to the second team all-state her junior season after averaging 20.9 points per game. Jackson also earned first team all-region and first team all-district honors her junior season. She averaged 6.7 rebounds per game and 2.9 steals last season. As a sophomore Jackson was named to the first-team all-district and was named to the all-tournament team in three different tournaments throughout the season. Jackson chose North Texas over Texas, Missouri, Vanderbilt, and Colorado.
Tricia Lee, 5-8, Guard, Ft. Wayne, Indiana (Northrop H.S.)
Lee was ranked as the 17th best senior in the state of Texas by TexasHoops.com while at Haltom High School prior to moving to Indiana for her senior season. Lee was named to the Class 5A Region I second team by the TABC her junior season at Haltom after averaging 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds a game. Lee was also named to the Academic All-State team last season and she was the Co-MVP of District 5-5A. As a sophomore at Northrop H.S. she averaged 16.5 points and five rebounds a game and was named to the all-area and all-conference teams.
Ashley Vation, 6-0, Forward, Mansfield, Texas (Summitt H.S.)
Vation is ranked as the 35th best senior in the state of Texas by TexasHoops.com. Vation was named to the Dallas Morning News list of Players to Watch for 2004. She was named to the first-team all-district last season and the MVP of the Arlington Classic. She averaged 10 points and 4.5 rebounds a game her junior season. As a sophomore she was named to the all-district team and averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds a game. As a freshman Vation was a member of Mansfield’s 2001-02 State Championship team. Vation chose North Texas over SMU, Stephen F. Austin, and Texas State.