Women's Basketball Adds Three More Players For 2008-09

May 13, 2008

SEATTLE - Washington women's basketball has added Charmaine Barlow, Christina Rozier and Lydia Young to its roster for the 2008-09 season, Husky head coach Tia Jackson announced Tuesday.

Rozier, a 5-8 guard from Miami, Fla., and Young, a 5-11 forward from Detroit, Mich., will come to Seattle after having spent the past two seasons as teammates at Southeastern Illinois Junior College. Barlow is a 5-10 forward out of Chief Sealth High School in Seattle. All three will be on scholarship and eligible to play immediately.

'We are so excited about where this Husky program is headed with the addition of three more dynamite players for the upcoming season,' Jackson said.

Rozier and Young helped their squad to back-to-back Great Rivers Athletic Conference and Region 24 championships, as well as a combined overall record of 65-7 in 2007 and 2008. Their Southeastern Illinois squad was also ranked fourth at the 2007 National Junior College Tournament and sixth in 2008.

Rozier is a product of Miami, Fla., where she graduated from Hialeah High School in 2006. As a senior, she led Miami-Dade County with 23.3 points per game, while adding an average of five assists and four steals. Rozier earned second-team all-state honors, was the Dade County Player of the Year and was a first-team All-Dade honoree in 2006. As a junior she led her team in scoring with 14.2 points per game and was a third-team All-Dade selection.

'Christina is a tremendous player with exceptional ball handling skills,' Jackson said. 'She can penetrate to the basket at will, while at the same time provide a picture perfect jumper from beyond the arc. She is smart, savvy, hungry and always ready to take on any challenge.'

Young was a 2006 graduate of Thomas M. Cooley High School in Detroit, Mich., where she was a three-time All-State honoree. She was also an all-conference selection in 2005 and 2006, and was the 11th-ranked player in the state of Michigan as a senior.

'Lydia is a forward who can play both inside and out,' Jackson said. 'She brings great experience to both ends of the floor. Lydia has an athleticism that truly compliments this team, from her ability to defend the best guard or post, to sprinting up the court in record time, to rebounding with a vengeance, to knocking down the outside shot with ease. Lydia will bring to the Huskies what Ben Wallace brought to the Detroit Pistons.'

The third Husky signee is Barlow, a 5-10 forward out of Chief Sealth High School in Seattle. Barlow helped her prep squad to runner-up honors at the 2006-07 Washington 3A state tournament and a 25-4 overall record. A two-time second-team All-Metro League selection, she also helped the Seahawks to a 9-0 Metro League record and title in 2007.

'Charmaine is a fantastic small forward, with explosiveness in two primary areas - rebounding and defense,' Jackson said. 'She is the type of individual who will give her heart and soul for 20 minutes or 20 seconds. She will be a fan favorite because she will do all the intangibles every team needs.'

The Huskies' other newcomers for the 2008-09 season include guard Kristi Kingma (Mill Creek, Wash.), forward Liz Lay (Oklahoma City, Okla.), guard Nicole Romeo (Adelaide, South Australia) and forward Mollie Williams (Cerritos, Calif.).

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