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June 27, 2012

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook head women's basketball coach Beth O'Boyleannounced today that guards Chikilra Goodman (Philadelphia, Pa.), Teasha Harris (Bloomington, Ill.) and Latasia Ward (Bronx, N.Y.) have signed national letters of intent to play for the Seawolves beginning this fall. All three come from the junior college ranks and have two years of eligibility remaining.

"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Chikilra, Teasha and Latasia to the Stony Brook family," O'Boyle said. ""All three come from great junior and high school programs and are competitive, aggressive players with a winning mentality. They are very talented basketball players and great young women that are excited about building a championship program."

Goodman, a 5'8 point guard, comes to Stony Brook after one season at Paris Junior College in Texas where she earned Region XIV All-conference honorable mention honors.

As a senior at Bodine High School in Philadelphia, she led the nation in scoring at 36.6 points per game and also averaged 17.0 rebounds and 6.3 steals per game.

"Chikilra has the ability to score in a variety of ways," O'Boyle said. "She is also a tough, physical player that is a great defender."

Playing for Kirkwood Community College in Iowa, the 5'7 Harris earned first team All-Region honors last season as the Eagles went undefeated in conference play, won the Region XI Tournament, and advanced to play in the 2012 NJCAA DII National Tournament.

Harris scored over 1,000 points at Bloomington High School in Illinois, averaging over 15 points and four steals per game as a senior.

"Teasha is a terrific all-round player," O'Boyle said. "She is poised, has great court sense and has the ability to create and make plays."

Ward arrives at Stony Brook after two years at ASA College in Brooklyn where she became the program's all-time leading scorer and led the school to their first two Region XV championships. An honorable mention All-American last season, she averaged 11.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in her career at ASA.

A 5'7 guard, Ward went to ASA after a stellar career at Wings Academy in the Bronx where she earned All-State and All-City honors as a senior while leading Wings to the PSAL Class A title game. A 1,000-point scorer and a three-time captain, Ward averaged over 20.0 points per game in each of her final three seasons.

"Latasia is an athletic scorer, who has a tremendous mid-range game," O'Boyle said. "She is a tough, gritty player and is another local product that we're adding to our program."

Goodman, Harris and Ward join a Seawolves recruiting class that already includes forwards Brittany Snow (Voorhees, N.J./Seneca) and Alyssa Coiro (Califon, N.J./Rutgers Prep) as well as guard Kim Hanlon (White Plains, N.Y.).