April 13, 2012
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois women’s basketball coach Missy Tiber announced today Rishonda Napier and Linzi Moore have signed with the Salukis for 2012.
Napier is a 5-foot-5 point guard from Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in Burbank, Calif. She helped Bell-Jeff to a 24-9 record during her senior campaign, averaging 20.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
Napier was named All-State for her efforts and also earned a McDonald’s All-American nomination. ESPN HoopGurlz ranked Napier as a three star recruit.
“Rishonda is an excellent point guard that can score in large numbers with consistency from any range. We are happy to have a player of her caliber join our team,” Tiber said. “She is a smart player both on and off the court, and we are looking for her to step in to contribute immediately. Rishonda enjoyed tremendous success during her entire career at Bell-Jeff, and I know she will bring that winning mentality to SIU.”
Moore is a 5-foot-7 guard from Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. She averaged 16.1 points, 3.0 assists and 2.8 steals per game for the Warriors during her senior season. Her efforts helped lead Warren Central to an 18-4 record and a No. 6 state ranking last season.
ESPN HoopGurlz ranked Moore a two star recruit and MaxPreps ranked her as the No. 9 prospect in Indiana.
“I believe Linzi is a sleeper in this class. Under Coach Michael Brooks she was instrumental in building Warren Central into one of the state’s best,” Tiber said. “Linzi has played both the point and two guard and was relied on to carry most of the scoring for her team, but I believe that she has the overall skill to play either position very well. She is probably most known for her ability to hit the three, but I believe her best asset is her passing ability and knowledge of the game.”
“I am very excited that these young women decided to become a part of our SIU family,” Tiber said. “Their basketball abilities speak for themselves, but both come from great families and have a desire to want to continue to help us build this team into something special.”