Regina Miller Announces Inaugural Recruiting Class|
Sept. 15, 2011
CHICAGO - UIC head women's basketball coach Regina Miller has announced Gisselle Truiett (York, Pa./Red Lion), Tashea Smalls (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park) and Rachel Story (Milwaukee, Wis./Rufus King/Louisville) as the three members of her inaugural recruiting class as the head coach of the Flames.
"I'm excited to welcome this group to the UIC family," said Miller. "All three are solid guards who come from great high school programs. They will blend well with our returning players and help create an exciting brand of basketball."
Truiett, a 5-foot-10-inch player, who comes to UIC by way of York, Pa., will give the Flames added depth at the forward position. Smalls is a local product who attended Lincoln Park H.S. in Chicago. Story is a 5-foot-6-inch guard who is transferring to UIC after playing two seasons at the University of Louisville. Per NCAA transfer regulations, Story will be required to sit out the 2011-12 campaign.
Truiett lettered in basketball all four years in basketball at Red Lion Area High School where she was a three-time All-York County Conference selection. She was also named to the All-County squad as both a junior and senior and garnered All-State honors following her senior season. As a senior, Truiett averaged a team-high 12 points per game to go along with 6.1 rebounds per contest. She helped lead the Lions (27-2) to their first District 3 Class AAAA title in nine years.
In the classroom, Truiett won an academic achievement award and was a member of the Honor/Distinguished Honor Roll throughout her high school career.
"Gisselle has a huge upside," said Miller. "She is a rock-solid defender and she always has her hand on the basketball. Her anticipatory skills will really enhance our defensive efforts."
Smalls will not have to travel far to join the Flames as she played her high school career at Lincoln Park H.S. in Chicago. There, Smalls led the Lady Lions to a mark of 21-3 during her senior season and a spotless conference record of 8-0. She was named the team's most valuable player and she was named to the All-Tournament Team in each of her four years at Lincoln Park. Like Truiett, Smalls was an honor roll student in high school.
"Tashea is a local product and we're excited to have her in our program," said Miller. "She's brings great quickness and she has a special ability to create her own shot."
Prior to UIC, Story played two seasons for Louisville under head coach Jeff Walz. The Milwaukee, Wis. native saw action in 51 games for the Cardinals in a reserve role. As a freshman, Story showed strong flashes for the future when she scored a career-high 16 point against BIG EAST foe Rutgers and handed out a personal-best five helpers against Georgetown. In a BIG EAST Tournament game against Pittsburgh, Story recorded a career-high four steals. Last year, as a sophomore, Story helped the Cardinals advance all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
In high school, Story was a three-time All-State honoree at Rufus King High School where she helped lead the team to a runner-up finish in the Wisconsin state tournament in 2009.
"Rachel epitomizes the bright future ahead of this team," said Miller. "She will have to sit out the upcoming season, but once she gets on the court she will be a tremendous impact player. She's a versatile point guard who knows just how to run a team. She brings experience to the point guard position and on top of that, she's a proven winner."
The three newest UIC Flames join nine returning players to compose Miller's first team which begins regular season play on Saturday, Nov. 12 against the Drake Bulldogs at 3 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion.