West Texas A&M women's basketball add transfers

Tiana Parker joins the Lady Buffs from Tennessee State. (Courtesy:@ladybuffhoops Twitter)

CANYON, Texas – West Texas A&M head women’s basketball coach Kristen Mattio announced the addition of Tennessee State University transfer Tiana Parker for the 2017-18 season.

"We are thrilled to welcome Tiana to the Lady Buff Family," Mattio said. "She is a mobile post who runs the floor very well and will be a great fit in our up tempo style of play. Her versatility will allow her to score in a variety of ways and defend multiple positions. Offensively, Tiana can play with her back to the basket and has good touch in the paint. She can also hit the mid-range jumper and has the ability to alter shots defensively with her length. Tiana is a competitor and has a very high basketball IQ. She also sets the standard for excellence in the classroom. She will be a fantastic addition to our program and we can’t wait to get to work with her."

Parker, a 6-4, forward from Chehalis, Wash., will come to WT as a junior and have two years of eligibility for the Lady Buffs. She played two years for the Tigers seeing action in 50 games with 20 starts. She saw action in 26 games last season with 19 starts and finished eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference in blocks at 1.3 per game to lead the team averaging 17.1 minutes per game. As a freshman, Parker played in 24 games with one start averaging 12.7 minutes per game. She was a member of the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2015-16.

In high school, Parker averaged a double-double as a senior of 15 points and 12 rebounds, along with six blocks and three assists per game at William F. West. She earned first team all-league honors following the 2014-15 season and helped her team to a state championship in 2014. Parker broke the school-record for most blocks in a game with nine at the 2015 state tournament. She earned first team all-state honors in 2014-15.

Coming out of high school, Parker was a three-star prospect and an ESPN ranking of 89. She was listed as the No. 45-ranked post in the country. Parker was an All-2A Evergreen Conference selection who led W.F. West High School to a 19-3 record and a state championship as a junior.

CANYON, Texas – West Texas A&M head women’s basketball coach Kristen Mattio announced the addition North Dakota State transfer Megan Gamble for the 2017-18 season.

“We are extremely excited to have Megan join our Lady Buff Family,” Mattio said. “Megan is a solid point guard who will fit well into our system. She will flourish in our up-tempo style of play. Offensively, she can handle the ball well, attack the basket off the dribble and knock down the open shot. Her basketball IQ and ability to break down the defense and get her teammates looks will be beneficial to our continued success. She has a good feel for the game and where the ball needs to go.”

Gamble, a 5-7 guard from Omaha, Neb., played the last two seasons at North Dakota State University. There, she played as a freshman in 2015-16 seeing action in 19 games with two starts. She made 20 field goals with two triples and 15 free throws, while recording 31 assists along with 11 thefts. Gamble redshirted last season at NDSU and will have three years of eligibility at WT.

She attended Central High School in Omaha where she was a two-time all-state honorable mention honoree. She helped lead her team to a Class A state championship appearance in 2012 and a third-place finish in 2013. Gamble averaged 12 points per game and dished out five assists per contest during her junior year. She earned All-Metro Team honors and selected as a team captain twice by her teammates.

“Megan comes from a family that has a rich tradition of basketball players,” Mattio added. “Our Lady Buff fans are going to love the way she competes on the court. We are thrilled that Megan has decided to become a Lady Buff.”

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