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  • Southern Utah builds for future with strong recruiting class
    by kcsg.com news
    Published - 11/27/13 - 05:58 PM | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Photos courtesy of Meg Wochnick, Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News and HeraldNet (Design by Josue Torres)
    Photos courtesy of Meg Wochnick, Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News and HeraldNet (Design by Josue Torres)
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    (CEDAR CITY, Utah) - The Southern Utah University women’s basketball team announced the addition of three new student-athletes this week, all of whom have inked National Letters of Intent. The signing class includes Sarah McGee of Tumwater, Wash., Taylor Baird of Snohomish, Wash. and Sydnee Taylor from Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    “We couldn't be more excited about our 2014 class,” stated SUU head coach JR Payne. “I believe they will have a remarkable impact on our program moving forward.“

    Sarah McGee

    5-11, Guard

    Black Hills High School

    Tumwater, Wash.

    McGee is a 5-11 guard who averaged 11 points and 11 rebounds a game during her junior season to earn recognition on the local all-region and all-area teams in Washington. She was named her team’s most valuable offensive player and also served as the captain of the Wolves squad. McGee is an honor roll student at Black Hills High School and is involved in student government.

    “Sarah is a tough, athletic player who will immediately be one of our best defenders at the guard position,” commented Payne.

    Taylor Baird

    6-1, Forward

    Glacier Peak High School

    Snohomish, Wash.

    Baird is a 6-1 forward who will add to Southern Utah’s depth in the frontcourt after finishing up her prep career at Glacier Peak High School in the Evergreen State. She has spent the past three seasons on the Grizzlies varsity squad and turned in averages of 14 points, six rebounds and five assists as a junior. She is also a member of the honor society. Baird and McGee were club teammates with Way to Win.

    “Taylor will provide a lot of length inside for us and an aggressive mentality at the post spot,” stated Payne.

    Sydnee Taylor

    5-10, Guard

    Skyline High School

    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Taylor is a 5-10 guard who averaged over 13 points a game during her junior season to lead the Eagles to the Region 7 title and a trip to the 4A State Tournament. She has played with the varsity team since her freshman year and scored a career-high 25 points against Brighton last season. Taylor received third-team all-state recognition from the Deseret News as well as an honorable mention award from the Salt Lake Tribune in 2013.

    “Sydnee is an extremely versatile guard who can score the ball in a variety of ways, explained Payne. “Her length and outside shooting will be a tremendous asset for us on the perimeter.”

    “All three of these young ladies are phenomenal students, athletes and teammates, added Payne. “I am absolutely thrilled to have them joining the T-Bird Basketball Family.”

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