Lamar women score another recruiting coup

November 20, 2018

The Lamar University women’s basketball team signed the top recruiting class in the Southland Conference for the fifth time in head coach Robin Harmony’s tenure, according to Girls Basketball Report.

“This is a great recruiting class,” Harmony said. “This is a testament to our staff on being able to bring in the top-rated players. We have a great reputation of winning and it’s helped in recruiting, and we have built great recruiting ties in Texas.”

In Harmony’s first five seasons at Lamar, she has a 66-24 (.733) record in SLC games. Her 66 conference wins are tied for the most in school history.

Lamar’s recruiting class consisted of Kayla Mitchell, Taylor Williams and Malay McQueen.

Mitchell, a guard for Jonesboro High School in Arkansas, helped that team win state championships in 2016 and 2018. She was selected to the All-State Team in 2017. She’s ranked the second-best player in Arkansas.

Williams plays for Father Lopez High School in Daytona Beach, Fla. In her junior season, she averaged 17 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists per game. In her 2017-18 season, she was named First Team All-City and Fourth Team All-Area.

McQueen is enrolled at Bowie High School in Arlington, where she guided her team to the Region Semifinals last season. In her junior season, she was honored with the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 6A Region 1 All-Region Team and Class 6A All-State First Team.

“All three players fit our defensive philosophy,” Harmony said. “They all can put pressure on the ball. The three players can score from all three levels. They are great fits for the program and fit Lamar’s winning culture.”

Lamar was predicted to win the conference in a preseason poll of SLC head coaches and sports information directors.



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