Saturday, July 9, 2016

Benedict Lady Tigers Sign Latta Star Ta'Keria Legette

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Benedict College head women's basketball coach James Rice has announced the addition of guard Ta'Keria Legette from Latta, S.C. (Latta High School).

Legette, a 5-foot-9 guard, signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Lady Tigers. She will enroll at Benedict in the fall as a freshman and will have four years of eligibility.

"Ta'Keria committing to our Tiger family has us overwhelmed with excitement," Rice said. "She is a versatile guard who has the ability to play and defend multiple positions on the floor. She has the necessary offensive skills to make an immediate impact on any college level. She has great court vision and loves to pass but her ability to get to the basket and accuracy shooting the long ball will set her apart."

During her high school career, Legette led Latta to the 2014 Class A State Championship, a runner-up finish in 2015, and into the Lower State semi-finals in 2016 under coach Curtis Jackson. She averaged 23.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 8.6 assists during her senior year.

"Numbers don't lie and she has been known to fill up the stat sheet," Rice said. "We are so happy about her officially becoming a part of our Tiger family. What's satisfying is that we were able to sign a big-time player from the state of South Carolina. We are definitely heading in the right direction towards competing for a national championship with the addition of Ta'Keria to the program."

Benedict finished 29-3 overall last season, won the SIAC championship for the second time in three years, and advanced to the NCAA DII South Region championship game. Benedict will open the 2016-17 season at home against USC-Aiken on Nov. 16.


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