Women's Basketball Adds Five to Complete 2003-04 Class

Aug. 7, 2003

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's basketball team added five players to its 2003 signing class, including 6-foot-4 center Chamara Warrick (Jacksonville, Fla.) from three-time state champion Ribault High School, head coach Melissa Taketa announced Thursday. Also among the signees is guard Beth Richards, the younger sister of senior guard and the Dolphins' all-time three-point leader, Lexie Richards, as well as forward Meghan Ostendorf (Marietta, Ga.) and transfer guards Sheena Carpenter (Augusta, Ga.) and Rebecca Montz (Erath, La.).

As a senior, Warrick recorded a school record 99 blocked shots to help Ribault win its third consecutive state title and put together a 101-game winning streak (Jan. 2000-Jan. 2003). Warrick finished with 229 blocks for her career to go along with a career average of 5.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Beth and Lexie Richards will get the chance to play together for the first time in their careers. Lexie graduated in May, but still has one year of eligibility remaining after redshirting the 2001-02 season with leg injuries. Combined, the sisters hold 14 of the Mercer Island (Wash.) High School's 22 recognized records. Beth single-season records for scoring average (20.5 ppg.), assists (122) and steals (101), as well as career records for field-goal percentage (41.2), assists (375) and steals (443).

Ostendorf helped lead Marietta High to a 23-7 record, the best mark in school history, and its first appearance in the state tournament in 20 years. She led the team in assists as a junior and senior en route to honorable mention all-county honors and the David C. Hester Leadership Award.

JU also added a pair of transfer guards in 5-foot-5 junior Montz from Chipola Junior College and 5-foot-7 sophomore Carpenter from Morris Brown. Montz averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game to earn Second-Team Panhandle All-Conference, All-Freshman, All-Academic and FCCAA All-Academic honors last season. As a freshman, she averaged 16.0 points, 3.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game to earn first-team all-conference and all-academic honors, as well as the Neal Sportsmanship Award. Montz was a three-time all-state selection and district MVP at Abbeville (La.) High School, averaging 22 points as a senior.

Carpenter averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds as a freshman at Morris Brown to earn Independent Freshman of the Year and Independent First-Team honors. In last season's opener against JU last year, Carpenter had 24 points and four rebounds. She was a standout at Glenn Hills High School, averaging 15.0 points per game as a senior to earn all-state and all-region honors for the second year and 14.0 ppg as a junior.

The five signees join 6-foot-2 guard/forward Brooke Brafford (Mansfield, Ohio) and 5-foot-11 forward Meagan Wallen (Leesburg, Ind.), who signed during the early period in November. The Dolphins are scheduled to open the 2003-04 regular season against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez on Friday, Nov. 21 in a doubleheader with the JU men's team.