Stanford Women's Basketball Signs Joslyn Tinkle To National Letter Of Intent

Nov. 12, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford Women's Basketball added to an already talented roster Wednesday as head coach Tara VanDerveer announced the signing of 6-3 post player Joslyn Tinkle (Missoula, Mont./Big Sky HS) to a National Letter of Intent. Tinkle will join the Cardinal program for the 2009-10 season.

'We are thrilled that Joslyn will be coming to Stanford,' VanDerveer said. 'We are excited about her versatility, competitiveness and maturity, and know that she will be a great player in our system, being able to play the at the three, four and five. Joslyn can make major contributions to our team's success.'

Tinkle's signing further bolsters Stanford's vaunted frontcourt, as the Big Sky High School product will join the foursome of Jayne Appel, Kayla Pedersen, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Sarah Boothe for the 2009-10 season.

Tinkle brings an impressive prep and international resume to the Stanford squad, and will reunite with a pair of familiar faces in Ogwumike and Boothe, who were teammates of hers on the USA Basketball U18 National Team that captured the gold medal at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship in Argentina this past summer. At that event, Tinkle averaged 7.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots a game in the team's perfect 5-0 run.

At Big Sky, Tinkle averaged 19.8 points and 9.2 rebounds a game last season while leading the Eagles to the Montana Class 2A title. She has earned Montana 2A All-State honors following each of her first three seasons as a prep, as well as being named an All-America honorable mention by Street & Smith's in 2006.

'It was a very long and thought-out process, but I enjoyed every minute of it and couldn't be more excited about my decision to come to Stanford,' Tinkle said. 'My family is very happy and ecstatic for me also. I could see myself being happy, having great success and being able to contribute to something special that Coach VanDerveer is building here.'

'Palo Alto is a great and beautiful place, and I got along very well with the coaches and players,' Tinkle continued. 'I felt it was a perfect fit for me and everyone here at home was very excited and supportive of my decision.'

Stanford, ranked second in the nation in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, opens up the 2008-09 season this Friday night at 7 p.m., hosting the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Maples Pavilion.

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