May 9, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington women's basketball coach Krista Gerlich announced the signing of Tahlia Pope and Morgan Hunt to National Letters of Intent on Thursday.
Pope will join the Mavericks as a junior after spending one season with the University of Houston and one season with the Garden City Community College Busters.
"We are very excited to announce Tahlia Pope as our first recruit to be signed this spring," Gerlich said. "Tahlia is a long, athletic, active guard who gives us immediate height on the perimeter. Her athleticism will allow us to play her on the front of the press and harass our opponents 94 feet. She can get to the basket and rebound from the guard position.
"Tahlia's work ethic and focus on the court and in the classroom is what we want for all of our Maverick student-athletes. I know she will immediately impact our team with her leadership abilities and her drive to be successful in all she does."
As a freshman, Pope played guard at the University of Houston for coach Todd Buchanan averaging 3.2 points and 5 rebounds per game.
In high school she was a four-year letter winner and a three-year starter at Heights High School in Wichita, Kansas where she averaged 14.1 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals a game as a senior. Pope led her team to a state championship her senior year and a state runner-up finish as a junior. She was selected second team All-State, All-Metro, and a three-time selection to the All-City Team. Also, Pope was a three-time regional champ in the high jump and was a member of the 2010 State Champion 4x100 relay team.
Hunt, originally from Colleyville, will join the Mavericks as a junior transfer from Colorado State.
"Morgan Hunt is our first transfer to bring back home," Gerlich said. "Morgan played at Colleyville Heritage high school, where she had a stand out career for Coach Diana Sager. She stands at 6-2 and is long and lean, and can run the floor extremely well. Morgan has a great work ethic and is an excellent student."
Hunt will have to sit out during the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but is still expected to make an impact.
"Her presence in practice will impact this team immediately and give her an opportunity to strengthen her game for the following season. We are thrilled to have Morgan back home. The future is bright for Maverick women's basketball," Gerlich said.
Hunt saw limited action in just four games for the Rams last season. She averaged 1.0 points and 0.8 rebounds per game.
As a freshman for Colorado State, Hunt saw action in 27 games, including one start. She had a career-high eight rebounds against Air Force, and averaged 8.6 minutes and 2.0 points per contest.
Hunt attended Colleyville Heritage high school and was named MVP and first-team all-district her junior season (2009-10). She was team captain her senior year.
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