Women's Basketball Announces Three Additions to Program
Aug. 18, 2014
CHICAGO – UIC head women’s basketball coach Regina Miller announced the addition of three players to the program on Monday afternoon. Kendyl Nunn (Chicago, Ill./Toledo/Casper College), Manuella Kanmegni (Bobigny, France/Kankakee Community College) and Cate Soane (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Loyola Chicago) will join the Flames this upcoming season.
Nunn and Kanmegni are both eligible to play this season. A decision on Soane's eligibility (NCAA transfer rules) for the 2014-15 season is forthcoming.
COACH MILLER ON NUNN: "Kendyl brings a wealth of experience to our back court. She is a crafty player with the ability to score off the bounce with pull up jumpers and finish strong at the rim through contact. With the graduation of Rachel Story, we anticipate Kendyl making an immediate impact on our team with her uncanny ability to score."
COACH MILLER ON KANMEGNI: "Mannie is a nice addition to our front court. With her defensive prowess, Mannie has the ability to change shots around the rim. This will help our overall defensive game plan to defend the paint, protect the rim and limit opponents' second-chance opportunities. Mannie's wingspan makes her an excellent rebounder and she will help ignite our fast-break offense."
COACH MILLER ON SOANE: "Cate plays the game with a high motor and is extremely versatile. She possesses good foot speed and runs the floor well which will allow her to shoot layups in our offensive transition. Cate is a quick leaper with the ability to shoot explosive jump shots off the bounce. She will certainly be a nice addition to our style of play."
Nunn, a 5-foot-10 guard, starred at Morgan Park and was one of the highest rated recruits in Mid-American Conference history when she enrolled at Toledo. According to ESPN.com, Nunn was a four star recruit who averaged 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a high school senior. She was named special mention All-State by the Chicago Tribune and selected to the IBCA Class 3A/4A All-State First Team.
Nunn injured her foot early as a freshman at Toledo and was redshirted for the 2012-13 season. Before her injury, Nunn was named College Sports Madness’ Preseason MAC Freshman of the Year and appeared in five games off bench. She transferred to Casper College in Wyoming following the season.
Nunn healed from her foot injury and had a breakout 2013-14 season at Casper. She earned third-team All-American honors after averaging 16.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 steals over 26 games, including 23 starts. Nunn collected seven double-doubles and scored at least 20 points on nine occasions. Her career-high of 30 points came against Sheridan College (Nov. 9).
Nunn’s brother, Kendrick, was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team at Illinois last season. He was a consensus national top-75 recruit out of high school and helped lead Simeon to four straight Illinois state championships.
Kanmegni, a 6-foot-4 center, grew up playing handball and did not play her first competitive basketball game until 2009. She came to the United States in 2012 to learn English and earn her GED. While taking GED classes, Kanmegni practiced with John Marshall High School in Richmond, Va. and was noticed by several local scouts, eventually opting to sign with Bowie State University in Maryland.
Kanmegni transferred after one semester and landed at Kankakee Community College, where she made an immediate impact as a freshman. Kanmegni appeared in 29 games while averaging 8.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and converting 52 percent of her field goal attempts. She scored in double-digits on 12 occasions and picked up five double-doubles.
Kanmegni scored a career-high 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting against Wilbur Wright College (Nov. 17, 2012) and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds against Lake Michigan College (Dec. 8, 2012). As a sophomore in 2013-14, she averaged 5.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and scored in double-figures on five occasions.
Kankakee went 28-8 with Kanmegni in the lineup during the 2013-14 season. The Cavaliers were the eighth seed in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament and finished the season ranked No. 10 in the NJCAA. Kanmegni had 15 points and 10 rebounds against Moraine Valley in the NJCAA Region IV-D championship game.
Soane comes to UIC after appearing in 27 games at Loyola Chicago last season. She averaged 6.6 points and 2.6 rebounds while leading the squad in field-goal percentage (.547). Defensively, Soane ranked ninth in the Missouri Valley with 24 blocked shots. She scored in double-figures six times, including a season-best 18 points in a victory over Southern Illinois. Soane set season highs in blocks (4) and rebounds (7) against Bradley.
Soane averaged 15.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.8 blocked shots and 1.4 steals per game as a high school senior at Glenbard West. Soane was named to the All-Area Team by the Daily Herald and earned all-conference accolades as a senior. She was a member of the all-tournament team at the Benet/Naperville North Christmas Tournament as well as the Glenbard East Thanksgiving Tournament in 2012.