Georgetown News
Women's Basketball - Fri, Jul. 20, 2012
Two more rookies and a transfer recently signed letters of intent to help Georgetown College women's basketball team hopefully make another run at a national title. Andrea McCloskey signed Olivia Coleman, Tena Johnson and Mykal Farris to her 2012-13 team.

Coleman is a 5-foot-6 guard transferring from Concord University in West Virginia.

"First impressions are everything," Coleman said. "Georgetown has a strong and progressive exercise science program with a rigorous academic curriculum that I know will prepare me for my future as a physical therapist.

"I also get the opportunity to be a part of such a successful basketball program with coaches who not only motivate their players to be successful on the court, but most importantly in the classroom and in their future careers. I look forward to growing as a person through this God-given opportunity and striving to be successful in the classroom and also on the court."

She helped Concord to a 22-6 record this past season and 17-4 in the conference, third best. CU advanced to the WVIAC Final Four. The Hendersonville, Tenn. native was the 2011 Nashville Sports Council Female Athlete of the Year, three-time team captain, three-time Tennessee Student-Athlete Award of Merit recipient and selected to Tennessee's Top 100.

"Olivia will help extend our defense with her athleticism," McCloskey said. "She will assist in the point guard spot and bring some more speed to our transition."

Johnson, from Akron, Ohio, helped Akron Firestone High School to three city championships. The 6-3 post was a 2012 All-State Honorable mention.

"Tena will bring a new depth inside with her ability to block shots and run the floor," McCloskey said.

Johnson liked the immediate family feel to the Tiger team and the school's strong academics was also a deciding factor in coming to Georgetown.

"The team made me feel as if I was already a part of the family before I even chose Georgetown," she said. "I know I can get where I need to go academically and on the court, I want to see us go deep in the postseason all four years I'm here."

Farris is a 5-8 guard out of Ashland, KY. She helped Paul Blazer High School to five straight 64th District titles. The Kittens also won their first regional title since 1997 during Farris' senior season.

"Mykal's speed will help play a role in our transition," McCloskey said, "as she's able to run the floor well and finish hard taking it to the glass."

She is a two-time All-Area, two-time All 16th Region Tournament team, three-time 64th District Tournament team, a Stainless Steel All-Tournament team, Queen of the Bluegrass All-Tournament team, and State Farm Holiday Classic All-Tournament team.

Farris served as team captain her final two seasons. Team accolades were - most steals, junior year; and Player of the Year, senior year.

"I chose Georgetown because it was a home away from home for me," the guard said. "I took my visit and just fell in love with the campus. The coaches were great, and my future teammates made me feel welcomed."

PHOTO: Mykal Farris signs with Georgetown College women's basketball team out of Ashland Paul Blazer High School.

 
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