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Sac State, UC Davis announce women’s basketball signings

The UC Davis women’s basketball team has added three new players and Sacramento State two during the NCAA’s early signing period.

Sac State coach Bunky Harkleroad reports that forward Kennedy Nicholas form Inglemoor High School in Kirkland, Wash., and guard Tiara Scott of St. Anthony High School in Torrance will join the program as freshmen next fall.

“The 2016 class for us needed to be a balanced class; Tiara is a quick point guard that fits in with our mold, and we were also able to add some legitimate size and length in the post with Kennedy,” Harkleroad said in a release.

At 6-3, Nicholas will be the tallest player Harkleroad has recruited. Scott is a 5-4 point guard who is also an outstanding track and field performer.

“Tiara is a Fantasia Hilliard-type player, quick and active,” Harkleroad said. “In terms of our system of getting the ball up and down the court she can fly.”

UCD coach Jennifer Gross announced that three forwards, two from California and another from Oregon, will join the women’s program for the 2016-2017 season.

Sophia Song of Mark Keppel High School in Monterey Park; Nina Bessolo of Castro Valley High in Hayward and Emma Gibb of Western Mennonite School in McMinnville, Ore., are new signees.

The 5-11 Song averaged 24 points, 7.1 rebounds and two steals as a junior, earning player of the year honors from the Pasadena Star News.

“Sophia is a natural fit for our system,” Gross said in a release. “She can pass, score, handle the ball and also stretch defenses with her three-point shooting.”

The 5-11 Bessolo played the last three seasons at Valley Christian High in Dublin and averaged 16.1 points and 10.2 rebounds as a junior, helping her team to a 31-4 overall record, a CIF North Coast Section title, and a trip to the Northern California Regional semifinals.

“Nina is a tremendous athlete who can get to the rim, but is also a very good three-point shooter,” Gross said. “This combination will make her a difficult matchup for opponents.”

The 6-2 Gibb, a forward and center, was the 2A state player of the year as a junior in leading Western Mennonite to its first state title. She averaged 15 points and 14.7 rebounds.

“Emma is an imposing presence inside,” Gross said. “She is a physical post who can score well with both hands, but is also comfortable facing up for the jumper.”

Bill Paterson: 916-326-5506, @SacBee_BillP

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