CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston women’s basketball team added two late signees who will help the Cougars usher in a new era in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) for the upcoming 2013-14 season, as announced by second-year head coach Natasha Adair on Monday.
CofC will be joined by 5-foot-11 true freshman combination guard/forward Jenice Winter out of South Shore High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and 6-foot-2 sophomore forward Jacqueline Luna-Castro out of Boise High School in Boise, Idaho.
“I am thrilled that our Cougar Family continues to grow,” Adair said. “Jenice Winter and transfer Jackie Luna-Castro will add depth and versatility to our style of play. Jenice has the skill set and athletic ability to score inside and out. Jackie’s athleticism, face-up game and ability to score in transition will be an added bonus inside. Both will also be great additions to our program on-and-off the court.”
Rated the No. 38-best wing performer in the Class of 2012 by ESPN HoopGurlz, Winter previously starred at South Shore High School under head coach Anwar Gladden. She helped lead the Vikings to the PSAL City Championship Game at Madison Square Garden during her freshman and junior years. As a senior, Winter averaged 15 points and eight rebounds per game. A two-time All-PSAL selection, she was identified as a “Player to Watch” and “Top 25 Player” by the New York Post. As a junior, Winter averaged 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds as a junior and helped lead South Shore to an undefeated record in league play and a 19-5 overall record. She closed out her prep career amassing 1,340 career points, grabbing 725 career rebounds and dishing out 330 career assists. Winter also lettered in volleyball and fencing and was an honors student. She originally signed with Virginia Commonwealth during the early-signing period.
A transfer from UC Santa Barbara, Luna-Castro played in 25 games with one start for the Gauchos as a true freshman in 2012-13. She posted career-highs in minutes played (18), blocks (2) and rebounds (5) in her career start versus Cal Poly on Feb. 4. Luna-Castro also scored a career-high eight points in the NCAA Tournament against No. 1-ranked and Brittney Griner-led Baylor on March 18. She finished the year ranked second on the team in blocked shots (0.3 bpg) and shot 48.4 percent from the field (15-for-31) and went 6-for-7 from the free-throw line (85.7%). Prior to UCSB, Luna-Castro was the 2011 Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year in the state of Idaho and averaged 18.9 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.1 blocks and 1.3 steals per game at Boise High School. She also garnered Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-State honors in 2011 as a senior.
Both signees will join a five-member signing class which already includes six-foot forward Jasmine Carter out of Lexington High School in Lexington, N.C., 5-foot-11 small forward Breanna Bolden out of South River High School in Edgewater, Md., and 5-foot-11 power forward/point guard Courtney Gardner out of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga.
2013-14 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNEES
Jasmine Carter, 6-0, F, Lexington, N.C. (Lexington High School)
Breanna Bolden, 5-11, SF, Edgewater, Md. (South River High School)
Courtney Gardner, 5-11, PF/G, Snellville, Ga. (Brookwood High School)
Jacqueline Luna-Castro, 6-2, F, Boise, Idaho (Boise High School/UC Santa Barbara)
Jenice Winter, 5-11, G/F, Brooklyn, N.Y. (South Shore High School)