SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball program
announced today that a pair of student-athletes, Kristine Knowlton
and Kendra Yancey, have signed National Letters of Intent and will
enroll at Sacramento State in the fall of 2001. Knowlton will come in
as a freshman and Yancey will enroll as a junior.
Knowlton, a 6-3 center from Forest Grove, Ore., was a first team
all-Pac 9 Conference selection each of her final two seasons at
Forest Grove High School. Knowlton guided Forest Grove to a pair of
conference championships in 2000 and 2001 while averaging 9.8 points,
9.1 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game as a senior. Also one of the top
high school high jumpers in Oregon, Knowlton was the school's class
As a junior, Knowlton was named first team all-conference after
posting 127 blocked shots (4.9 per game). As a freshman, she was an
honorable mention all-conference selection.
"Kristine is a very mobile center who has outstanding shot blocking
ability and can score with her back to the basket," Sacramento State
head coach Carolyn Jenkins said. "She has very good shooting range
and can consistently knock down the 15-foot jump shot."
Yancey, a 6-0 guard from Fresno, Calif., averaged 10.1 points and 5.7
rebounds in 10 games with Fresno City College last season. She was
the team's leading scorer and rebounder until suffering a
season-ending knee injury 10 games into the year. Yancey, who played
the point guard, shooting guard and small forward positions for the
Rams, spent her freshman season at Dixie College in Saint George,
Yancey graduated from Fresno's Edison High School in 1999 where she
led the team to four league championships while averaging 15 points,
seven assists, five rebounds and two steals per game as a senior.
Jenkins plans to use Yancey as a point guard at Sacramento State.
"Kendra is a six-foot point guard who can shoot the ball consistently
beyond the three-point line and has the ability to create off the
dribble," Jenkins said. "Because of her size, we'll be able to post
her up against smaller guards and she can defend anyone on the floor."
Knowlton and Yancey mark the third and fourth Sacramento State
signees of the year. They join Ebonie Kerley and Reshundra Smiley who
signed on with the Hornets earlier in the year.
2001-2002 Sacramento State Signings
|San Diego, Calif./Hoover HS|
|Forest Grove, Ore./Forest Grove HS|
|Ceres, Calif./Ceres HS|
|Fresno, Calif./Fresno CC|