The Arizona women’s basketball team announced on Tuesday that the program has added two more players to an already highly-touted 2014-15 recruiting class.
Transfers Malena Washington and Lauren Evans join a group headlined by Taryn Griffey, who is the sister of Arizona wide receiver Trey Griffey and the daughter of former MLB star Ken Griffey Jr.
Washington transfers from Tyler Junior College and the 5-foot-7 guard will be eligible to play immediately.
“Malena [Washington] will make an offensive impact for us,” Arizona head coach Niya Butts said in a press release. “Offensively, there isn’t much she isn’t capable of. She is a great scorer, mid-range shooter and passer.”
Evans transfers to Arizona from Virginia Tech and will have to sit out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA eligibility rules. Evans is a Chandler, Ariz. native and averaged 4.7 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per game in her freshman season at Virginia Tech.
“Lauren [Evans] is an Arizona kid and we always want to get the best in the state,” Butts said in a press release. “Having her at Arizona certainly allows us to do that. The opportunity to bring her back home will be great for her and for our program. She will be a great addition for us, on and off the court.”
The two additions should help boost an Arizona team that went 5-25 overall and 1-17 in conference matchups in the 2013-14 season.
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