Women's Basketball signs three players to letters of intent

Nov. 21, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's basketball team signed guard Janelle Grayson of North Atlanta High School, forward/center Lynsey Paschal of Sandy Creek High School and center Gabrielle Sermons of Open Bible Christian High School to National Letters of Intent, head coach Jill Dunn announced Tuesday.

Grayson, a 5-foot-6 senior, was named team offensive MVP after averaging 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals as a junior. As a sophomore, she was named rookie of the year, Peach State Top-10 and 4Shotsports all-state honorable mention. She was teammates with current Dolphin freshman Courtney Jackson.

"Janelle is a pure shooter with deep three-point range," said Dunn. "She can play either the shooting guard spot or the point position."

Paschal, a 6-foot senior, has been a three-year starter in the post to help the Patriots post a 75-21 record during that span. She has also been a member of the honor roll and has been a scholar-athlete each year.

"Lynsey is a versatile post player who can bang with the best inside or can step out and shoot the jumper," Dunn said. "She works hard down low and will add much needed depth in the post."

Sermons, a 6-foot-3 senior, has led the Warriors to back-to-back state championships and an overall record off 47-2 during that span.

As a junior, she was named team defensive MVP while averaging 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks per game. As a sophomore, she was named team offensive MVP after averaging 13.3 points, 11.8 rebounds and seven blocks per game. As a freshman, she earned team offensive MVP honors after averaging 11 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks per contest.

"Gabby is the big body that we have desperately needed in the lane," said Dunn. "She is a true center and just having her height will give us a totally different look in the post. She will be able to help us on both ends of the floor."

JU, which has opened with a 2-0 record for the first time in program history, will host former A-Sun foe UCF at Swisher Gymnasium on Tuesday at 7 p.m.