At least four State Fair Lady Roadrunners will compete at NCAA Division I schools next season.
Antoinette Taylor has signed with Kansas State; Sydonia Daniels with Sacramento State, Mary Sims with Illinois State and Apiphany Woods with Idaho State.
“I’m very pleased with all the young ladies going the Division-I route,” State Fair head coach Kevin Bucher said. “We should have six young ladies at D-I schools. The others took the route to where they can play. It’s the largest class ever to graduate” from the women’s basketball program.
Two other Lady Roadrunners have signed: Tiana Jones with D-II Rockhurst and Niki House, with NAIA school Culver-Stockton.
Asia Mosley and Adella Randle-El have yet to sign.
Taylor, the Region 16 player of the year and first-team NJCAA All-American, averaged team highs of 15.9 points, 3.4 assists and a free throw percentage of 75. She joins a Kansas State squad that went 11-19 overall and 5-13 in the Big 12 last season.
Daniels (6.7 ppg, five rpg, 13.5 minutes per game) and Woods (11.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 19.4 mpg) could meet up next season, as both of their schools compete in the Big Sky Conference. Sacramento State went 18-12 last season, including 10-10 in the conference. Idaho State went 14-17 and 11-9.
Sims (6.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 17.2 mpg) joins an Illinois State team that went 10-20, including 8-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
“Mary Sims brings excellent experience at the point guard spot,” Illinois State coach Barb Smith said in a press release. “She sees the floor and is an exceptional passer. Mary likes to push tempo and is a capable scorer who will do whatever needs to be done to help the team. Playing in the NJCAA national tournament is an experience that will benefit Mary here at Illinois State. Her passion and desire to be the best will drive her to succeed on and off the court. We’re happy to welcome Mary to the Redbird family.”
Jones becomes a member of a Rockhurst team that went 9-18 overall and 4-14 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. House joins the Heart of America Athletic Conference’s Culver-Stockton that went 4-22 overall and 1-17 in the league.
Bucher said that the large sophomore class was critical to the Lady Roadrunners’ success this season. They won the Region 16 tournament and advanced to the national tournament in Salina, Kan.
“It helps having (players) come back,” Bucher said. “They’re dedicated. They know the system and what it’s like. They were on a mission from Day 1 to go to the national tournament.”
The SFCC head coach said that he will be keeping tabs on his former players.
“We’re wishing the class of sophomores the very best,” Bucher said. “We always watch and follow our players and wish them success.”