WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2001
Women's Hoops Signs Providence Transfer Dee Cummings

Jan. 10, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU women's basketball coach Melissa Taketa bolstered her squad's future, announcing the singing of former Providence College starting point guard Dee Cummings.

Cummings, a native of Huntsville, Ala., will have to sit out the remainder of the season due to transfer rules, and can begin playing for the Dolphins after the Fall 2001 semester.

"Dee is going to be a big addition to our basketball program," Taketa said. "She's become a better player after playing quality competition in the Big East, and she will help us continue to build a foundation for women's basketball at JU."

As a freshman during the 1999-2000 season, Cummings started 11 of the 13 games in which she appeared, averaging 5.85 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 points per game before suffering a season-ending knee injury. She also saw action in four this season before deciding to transfer. For her career, Cummings averages 5.41 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 points per game while tallying a 1.42 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Cummings posted a career-high 15 assists and seven rebounds in her first collegiate game against George Mason on Nov. 20, 1999. She also ha 10-assist performances vs. Rhode Island on Dec. 3, 1999, and vs. Central Michiganon Nov. 18, 2000. Cummings scored a career-high 19 points to go along with nine assists against Princeton on Jan. 2, 2000.

Cummings signed with Providence after a standout career at Butler High where she was a two-time all-metro and all-region player. As a senior, she earned second-team all-state honors and was selected to play in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game after averaging 10.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game. Cummings helped Butler win two-straight Class 6A state titles and helped the team rank No. 1 in the nation in 1997-98.