pacing the void

By Kevin Clerici
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 18, 1997

Arizona women sign 2nd recruit from Texas

The Arizona women's basketball team has inked its second recruit - 6-foot, 4 inch LaKeisha Taylor - for the 1997 season.

Taylor averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game as a senior at Madison High School in Houston, Texas. Taylor was District MVP, first team All-Greater Houston and all-region for the 23-7 Madison team.

"LaKeisha is a Lisa Leslie-type of player, with a long, lanky, athletic body and a similar style of play," said UA recruiting coordinator Denise Dove, comparing Taylor to the Olympic team center. "She has got the wing-span of a 747."

Taylor's best single-game performance, which came during her junior season, saw her score 34 points, while adding 22 rebounds and 12 blocks.

Last season she had 31 point, 16 rebound and two block outing.

"She is a great scorer on the block with a nice touch around the basket," Dove said. "She also has excellent timing off the floor for rebounding and blocking shots."

Taylor was recruited by national powers such as Tennessee, Connecticut, Colorado, Kansas and Louisiana Tech.

"We are extremely excited to have such a quality person, student and basketball player as LaKeisha to join our Wildcat family," UA head coach Joan Bonvicini said.

Taylor joins Texas native Monique Paige on the new signees list. Paige is a 6-2 forward from Marcus High School in Flower Mound. Dove said the two future roommates never played each other.

"They come in here next year with basically no pressure and get the chance to learn from our senior posts," said Dove about the duo she calls the Texas Towers. "It's an ideal situation for them."

All-Pacific 10 Conference forward Adia Barnes and 6-5 center Marte Alexander will start next season.

"(LaKeisha) comes from a solid family and a good program and if you look at our players you will see that about all the girls," Dove said. "And if we can keep that going, all we are going to do is get better and better."

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