UCLA Women's Basketball Team Signs Four Standouts
Nov. 15, 2005
UCLA women's basketball head coach Kathy Olivier announced today the signing of standouts Moniquee Alexander of the Pendleton School at IMG Academy, Amy Horton of Haralson County HS in Georgia, Erica Latimer of Windward HS and Jerica Williams of Mount Miguel HS in the San Diego area to national letters-of-intent. The foursome will enter UCLA in the fall of 2006 as freshmen and become members of the 2006-07 Bruin team.
Alexander, a 6-6 center originally from Harbor City, Calif., was an All-City player and LA City champion at Narbonne HS before transferring to the Pendleton School at IMG Academy in 2004-05, where she picked up All-State honors. She was a member of the 2005 USA Youth Development Festival team and was named an adidas Top 10 Camp All-Star in 2005. Alexander, who plays club basketball for FBC, was also the co-MVP of the adidas Tournament of Champions in 2005 and the MVP of the adidas Shootout in 2004.
Horton, a 5-11 small forward from Tallapoosa, Ga., averaged 28 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 50% from the floor last season. She was a Street and Smith's honorable mention All-American pick in 2005, a two-time All-State first-team selection and an adidas Top Ten Camp underclass All-Star in both 2003 and 2004. A dynamic outside shooter, Horton scored 49 points with 17 rebounds in a Jan. 2004 game against Cedarton. She was named the Region Player of the Year and is ranked amongst the Top 20 players in the state of Georgia.
Latimer, a 6-0 small forward from Los Angeles, averaged 13.6 points per game last season as a junior and 16 points, nine rebounds and four steals as a sophomore. An honors student at Windward HS with a grade point average over 4.0, Latimer is a three-time All-CIF selection (first-team as a sophomore and junior, second-team as a freshman) and three-time all-league honoree. She plays club basketball with Cal Swish Black and is a member of the Finland National Team. She was previously the MVP of Finland's Junior National Team. She was an End of the Oregon Trail All-Tournament selection in 2005.
Williams, a 5-9 guard from La Mesa, Calif., averaged 18.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and four steals en route to earning CIF San Diego Player of the Year honors. She has led her Mount Miguel HS team to three consecutive CIF Division II titles and to a berth in the CIF Southern California finals in 2005. Williams was selected to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State team and was the 2005 San Diego Union-Tribune Player of the Year.
'We are adding a good mix of players to next year's returners,' said Olivier. 'This group of four has some very big shoes to fill next year, but they will work extremely hard, and they are honored to be Bruins. Amy can shoot lights out from three-point range. Jerica and Erica are both hard-working, grind-it-out players with a great work ethic. Monique gives us an inside presence. She has great body size and strength, good hands and is a tremendous finisher down low. They're going to get a taste of the big leagues immediately next season when we open at Tennessee, but these four are very talented players with a great deal of potential.'