Women's Basketball Inks Mercedes Fox-Griffin
Nov. 16, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University head women's basketball coach Judy Spoelstra announced on Tuesday that Mercedes Fox-Griffin, a guard from La Jolla, CA, has signed a national letter of intent to play for OSU during the 2005-06 campaign.
'Mercedes is an explosive and dynamic athlete,' said Spoelstra. 'She adds quickness and is a very good ball handler who sees the floor well.'
Fox-Griffin will join the Beaver squad for the 2005-06 season after graduating from La Jolla Country Day High School, where she helped lead the team to back-to-back runner-up finishes at the CIF Division IV Championship. La Jolla Country Day won the Division IV title in 2002 and has won three straight Coastal South League championships. Fox-Griffin is a first team All-Coast South League selection and a first team All-San Diego Section CIF performer.
'Mercedes comes from a very good program at La Jolla Country Day and can play both the point as well as the two-guard position,' said OSU assistant coach and director of recruiting, Jualeah Woods. 'She penetrates well and is able to break down the defense. We're looking for her to be a scoring point guard for us, but at the same time, direct traffic and help us get into the flow offensively.'
Fox-Griffin joins Stephisha Walton (Vallejo, CA) and Barbara Houston (Compton, CA) as early signing period additions for the Beavers.
'We're very excited about this class,' said Woods. 'They're a very balanced class, having the 1,2, and 4 positions covered. All three are hard workers who should be able to contribute right away.'
Oregon State has two scholarships still available.
Oregon State women's basketball signees:
Stephisha Walton (Vallejo, California/Vallejo High School)
Barbara Houston (Compton, California/Artesia High School)
Mercedes Fox-Griffin (La Jolla, California/La Jolla Country Day High School)