Rogers To Join Husky Women's Hoops Squad

Aug. 1, 2008

SEATTLE - Former UCLA center and Seattle native Regina Rogers has transferred to the Washington women's basketball program, Husky head coach Tia Jackson announced Friday.

Rogers, a 2007 graduate of Chief Sealth High School who played her freshman with the Bruins in 2007-08, will sit out the 2008-09 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules and have three years of eligibility remaining.

'We are excited to have Regina join our Husky family,' Jackson said. 'Her presence on the court is similar to `Big Baby' from LSU. She is a strong 6-3 post player who is extremely nimble for her size. She uses her body very well and has good footwork, making her very difficult to stop inside the paint. She has a great foundation to work with.'

In her freshman season at UCLA, Rogers was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention team, averaging 6.3 points and 4.6 rebounds. She played in all 31 games for the Bruins and appeared in the starting lineup 15 times. Rogers tallied a pair of double-figure rebounding efforts with 16 vs. Pepperdine and 13 vs. Arizona State. She opened the season with five double-figure scoring performances in her first six games, including a double-double of 12 points and 16 rebounds versus the Waves.

Rogers won a pair of Washington state titles at Chief Sealth High School in 2005 and 2006, earning MVP honors at the 2006 state tournament. As a senior, she averaged 16 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks. During her junior campaign, Rogers was named the Seattle Times 3A Player of the Year and the Tacoma News Tribune Player of the Year. She averaged 15.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks that season. Rogers was also a reserve on the McDonald's All-America team and was a first-team All-Metro selection from 2005-07.

'I'm very happy to be coming home to be closer to my family,' Rogers said. 'To have them watch me play like they did in high school means a lot to me. I think the program at UW is going to be great. The teammates I know from last year are very nice and talented, so that is going to help prepare me (for the transition). The coaches have made me feel right at home even though Seattle is already my home.'

Rogers' father, Reggie, played basketball and football at UW and was a first-round draft pick for the Detroit Lions in the NFL.

Rogers will be one of eight newcomers to Washington's squad for the 2008-09 season, a group that also includes two junior college transfers and five incoming freshmen.

'This year's incoming class has a great combination of shooting, size, athleticism and quickness,' Jackson said. 'We have added significantly to our team's depth and we are beyond excited about the future of our program.'

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