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UVa-Wise announces women's basketball recruiting class

WISE Va. - Head Coach Kristin Kunzman recently added six new members to the 2013-2014 UVa-Wise women’s basketball team.

Coach Kunzman is emphatic about the addition of these players saying “We are looking forward to this signing class, and the direction we see the program moving. These six signees will be a great addition to our Cavalier family”.

Leading off the introduction of the six signees is Taylor Sandidge. Hailing from Miller School in Charlottesville, Virginia, Sandidge led her teams to a 76-20 record as a captain for three years of the Lady Mavericks.

Sandidge averaged 11 points, two rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Lady Mavs. She leaves the program having scored 1,041 points and the program's all-time leader in steals.

She was a first-team All-BRC in each season at miller and was named to VISAA all-state team in DII and DIII levels.

Kunzman is excited to add the freshman guard describing her as a “tough on ball defender, and offensively is aggressive to the rim”.

Another addition to the backcourt is Jessi Whaley from Battlefield High School. Whaley was a four year varsity player who was an all-district selection her last three years at Battlefield.

She aided the team to the regional playoffs in her junior and senior seasons. With Whaley’s ability to run the floor she will make a good fit for the Cavaliers heading into the 2013 season.

Kunzman looking to add size and depth to the front-court has signed center’s Makenzie Hensley and Kayla Carey, a power forward Kayla Lamar and small forward Megan Smith.

Makenzie ‘Mak’ Hensley is a 6’4” center from Jackson County High School. In her prep career, she was District 7-A Co-Freshman of the year.

Last year, Hensley was named first-team All-District 7A and was also named to the Tennessee Sports Writers All-State Team. Hensley led Jackson County High School to a 126-19 overall team record with two state titles and a runner up finish. Hensley set the career field goal percentage record for the state of Tennessee and fifth nationally shooting 65.2 percent.

Joining Hensley at the center position is 6’2” Kayla Carey. Carey played at Hardin Valley Academy setting career and single season marks for scoring and rebounding. She is the first member of the Lady Hawks 1,000 point club. Her best game as a senior came in a District 3-AAA win over Oak Ridge in which she scored 30 points and grabbed 10 boards.

At the power forward position, Kayla Lamar joins the club from Lakota East High School. At Lake East, Lamar averaged 13 points and nine rebounds per game. Lamar is a hard worker with great footwork and a high basketball I.Q. She will look to help the Cavaliers improve on the inside and assist with improving the rebounding game for the team.

The last signee thus far for the Cavaliers is small forward Megan Smith. Smith hails from Middle Tennessee Christian High School where she was selected to two all-district teams and named team MVP her junior and senior season. Her senior season, she led the team by averaging 13 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Smith is noted as a ‘versatile player with a solid frame inside and can hit the outside shot’ by Head Coach Kristin Kunzman.

These signees look to come in and provide a spark for UVa-Wise as the team looks to improve on its 8-21 overall record from a year ago as they enter the Mountain East Conference.

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