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Date Posted: Mon, November 15 2004, 12:16:49
Author: giantbenmav
Subject: Lady Mavs' Signees

Lady Mavs Solidify Backcourt

Head Coach Donna Capps has signe five players for the 2005-06 season

Nov. 15, 2004

ARLINGTON, Texas - The University of Texas at Arlington head women's basketball coach Donna Capps has announced the signing of Jamie Buxkemper, Ashley Cole, Ashley Crawford, Erin Dixon and Dominique Sims to National Letter's of Intent to attend the university and begin playing for the Lady Mavs in the fall.

Buxkemper (Ballinger, Texas) enters her senior year at Ballinger High School as a member of the preseason all-state team by Texas Basketball Magazine. Buxkemper has been a part of the first three regional appearances in school history. Last season, she was named the District 6-3A MVP after leading her team to a 27-7 record and its third straight district championship and a spot in the Region I-3A semifinals. She earned all-state honors from the TGCA and the TABC as a sophomore and junior. She captured the TABC 3A three-point championship as a junior. Buxkemper was named the All-Big Country 3A Player of the Year by the Abilene Reporter News and all-West Texas "Super" Team by the San Angelo Standard Times as a sophomore and junior. She was named the District 5-3A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.

Buxkemper was a two-year member of the state qualifying cross country team. She has served on the student council for four years and has been a member of the National Honor Society for two years. Earlier this fall, she was named the BHS Homecoming Queen.

Cole (Port Arthur, Texas) earned first team all-district honors after leading Port Arthur Memorial High School to the District 22-5A championship in 2003-04. Cole averaged 12 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game in leading the team to a 23-9 mark. Cole is a three-time all district performer and was named Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.

Cole is also a standout off the basketball court as she was an all-district performer on the volleyball court and was named the Offensive Player of the Year in 2004. On the track, she was a regional qualifier in the 400m and the high jump and was a member of the 1600m relay team that finished third at the state meet as a freshman. In the classroom, Cole owns a 4.7 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Crawford (Mesquite, Texas) is a two-time first team all-city performer at Mesquite Horn High School. Last season she averaged 17.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 4.2 steals per game. She was named the District 12-4A Defensive MVP as a junior after being named the Offensive MVP as a sophomore. She poured in 31 points in a game to set the school single-game record and helped the team to its first ever playoff appearance and victory in any sport (boys or girls). The speedy guard was also a two-time regional qualifier in the 200m and as a part of the 4x100m and 4x200m relay teams. Crawford is a two-year member of Who's Who Among American High School Athletes and the National Honor Society, along with being a legal office procedures state representative.

Dixon (Pflugerville, Texas) was named the District 14-5A Player of the Year after averaging 12.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in helping lead the Pflugerville Panthers to the 2003-04 District Championship and a trip to the area finals. Dixon was named a first team all-region selection by the TABC and second team all-Central Texas by the Austin American Statesman. The 5-11 forward is a preseason all-state selection by Texas Basketball Magazine.

Sims (Wichita Falls, Texas) averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals in being named the District 5-4A MVP at Burkburnett High School. She was also named to the Texas Basketball Magazine All-State Team and earned second team all-region honors from the TABC. As a sophomore, Sims earned honorable mention all-district laurels after averaging 4.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.2 steals per game. In the classroom, Sims owns a 4.3 GPA and is ranked 10th out of 241 in her class.

The Lady Mavs open up the 2004-05 season on Nov. 18 against Arkansas-Little Rock. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

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