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Women add Illinois JC standout

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 09/05/2012
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ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball coach Ryan McCarthy has added another veteran presence to his team’s backcourt, announcing Wednesday that former junior-college standout Mariesha Harris has joined the Seawolves program.

The 5-10 guard was an NJCAA All-Region 24 selection as a sophomore last season at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Ill., averaging 6.7 points, 5.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. In her two seasons at WVC, Harris contributed to squads that went 49-15 overall and won back-to-back Great Rivers Athletic Conference titles.

“Mariesha had a good deal of success in one of the toughest JuCo leagues in the nation, so it will be nice to add her experience to our roster,” said McCarthy, who took over the Seawolf program in August. “She can play either guard position, and she isn’t afraid to crash the boards as well. We’re excited to add a player with her all-around skills.”

As a prep standout in Indiana, Harris helped Arlington High School to three Indianapolis Public Schools Conference titles during her career, earning the Golden Knights’ team MVP award her senior season in 2009-10.

Harris becomes the fourth member of the Seawolves’ incoming recruiting class, joining Alaska freshmen Jenna Buchanan (G, 5-8, Galena), Melissa Castle (G, 5-7, Craig) and Alyssa Hutchins (G, 5-7, Wasilla).

The Seawolves return five letterwinners and one redshirt from last year’s team that went 30-5 and reached the NCAA Div. II Elite Eight quarterfinals.

McCarthy said that the Seawolves may have further roster additions, with walk-on tryouts slated for Sept. 9.

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