Women's Basketball Adds Two Signees to 2004 Class

June 3, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University women's basketball team added two players to its 2004 signing class, including 5-foot-6 guard Natalie Emmanuelli (Orlando, Fla.) and 5-foot-7 shooting guard Takina Alford (Griffin, Ga.).

Emmanuelli is a junior transfer from Seminole Community College where she played two seasons, ranking 37th nationally in the All-Star Girls Report among junior college guards. She earned Mid-Florida All-Conference Team honors as a freshman and sophomore, as well as earning All-Freshman Team accolades in her first season with the Lady Raiders. Last season, Emmanuelli ranked among the top players in the Mid-Florida Conference in assists, steals, three-point percentage and free throw percentage, while leading the team in scoring (11.6 ppg), assists (4.6 apg) and three point percentage (42). She also holds the Seminole Community College record for single-game assists, dishing out 13 helpers against Indian River Community College in 2002.

Alford comes to JU after one season at Iowa Western Community College, where she averaged 14.0 points and 2.0 rebounds as a shooting guard. The sophomore earned three first-team all-regional honors at Griffin High in Griffin, Ga., garnering honorable-mention all-state honors in her final season with the Bears. As a senior, Alford averaged 27.0 points, 6.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds en route to first-team all-region honors. She was also named the team's Offensive MVP and earned the Captain Award for leadership.