MEMPHIS, Tenn. – University of Memphis women’s basketball head coach Melissa McFerrin has been granted a two-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season in the wake of the highest-ranked recruiting class and plans for a renovation at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
With the Elma Roane Fieldhouse renovations on the horizon and a top 35 recruiting class entering thisfall, the University is extending Coach McFerrin with a two-year contract,” said Athletic Director Tom Bowen. “I am excited for the direction and growth of our program.”
McFerrin enters her 12th season at the helm of the Memphis program in 2019-20 and with the start of the new season, the Tigers welcome the highest-ranked recruiting class under McFerrin. Memphis also returns three starters from a season ago, including Jamirah Shutes, who was named to the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team.
In her time at Memphis, McFerrin has guided 21 players to All-Conference honors, 35 players to All-Academic Team honors as well as coached the 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and the 2010 C-USA Newcomer of the Year.
“I want to thank University President Dr. M. David Rudd and Athletic Director Tom Bowen for their support over the last 11 years and allowing me to be the head coach at Memphis for the foreseeable future,” stated McFerrin.
This contract extension along with plans in place to renovate the Elma Roane Fieldhouse has allowed for us to recruit a class that can make an impact in the American Athletic Conference and allow for us to represent the University incredibly well.”
Three of the top four scorers from last season return to the court in Shutes, Alana Davis and Gazmyne Herndon.
Davis, the Tigers most improved player last year, finished her sophomore campaign with 11.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest. Herndon played in all 31 games last season and started in 19 of them as the team’s point guard. In Memphis’ historic 19-point comeback victory over Temple in the first round of the AAC Championship this season, Herndon posted a team-leading 15 points and seven rebounds.
Shutes was named to the AAC All-Rookie Team after leading the Tigers with 13.9 points per game and 42 steals. The Brownsville, Tennessee native scored 20-plus points six times and set the school record with 38 consecutive free throws through the month of February.
The 2019 signing class for the Tigers includes local talent in Lanetta and Lanyce Williams from Arlington High School and Madison Griggs from Houston High School. Memphis also welcomes Canadian native and four-star point guard Aerial Wilson and JUCO second-team All-American Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu.
2019 Signing Class Highlights:
· Lanetta Williams is a 2019 McDonald’s All-American Nominee as well as a Gatorade Player of the Year Candidate.
· Lanyce Williams was named to the District 14AAA All-Tournament Team and won first place at the NAACP ACT-SO regional contest.
· Madison Griggs led her Houston HS squad to a runner-up finish at the state tournament and was named to the District 15AAA second-team.
· Aerial Wilson is one of 12 athletes invited to Canada Basketball U19 Assessment Camp to compete for a position on Team Canada-FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup.
· Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu was named a second-team All-American at Walters State Community after averaging a team-leading 15.4 points per game last season.
COURTESY: Univ. of Memphis