Four Former SFCC Lady Roadrunners Transfer to Four-Year Universities
SEDALIA—All four members of the 2014-2015 Lady Roadrunners’ sophomore class will be playing basketball for four-year universities for the 2015-2016 season.
Guard Derriel Banyard will play at Coastal Carolina University, a Division I school in Conway, South Carolina. Banyard started 18 games as a sophomore. She averaged 8.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game and shot 72.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Guard Erin Boothe will play at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, a Division I school. Boothe started 24 games and earned First-Team All-Region 16 honors as a sophomore. She led the team in steals per contest with 1.9 and contributed 10.1 points per game.
Center Alecia Cooley will play for the University of Arkansas, a Division I school in Fayetteville. Cooley led her team in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game, ranking her ninth in school history in single-season points per game. Cooley also ranks number one in school history in single-season rebounds per game with 11.7 and led in blocked shots per game with two.
Cooley was named First-Team All-Region 16 and earned second-team honors as a freshman. She also was named to the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference First-Team All-Conference. Cooley earned National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Women’s Basketball First-Team All-American honors and was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Coaches’ All-American Team Honorable Mention in the Junior/Community College division.
Guard Sannayyiah Johnson will play for Lander University, a Division II school in Greenwood, South Carolina. Johnson earned Missouri Community College Athletic Conference First-Team honors and Second-Team All-Region 16 honors as a sophomore. Johnson averaged 13.7 points per contest and played in 15 games as a sophomore. She shot 47.9 percent from the field and averaged one steal per game.
The four players led the program to a 44-15 record in their two seasons at SFCC, including the program’s fourth national tournament appearance, a pair of regular season Region 16 championships, a Region 16 tournament championship and another tournament championship game appearance. Their sophomore year they claimed a Missouri Community College Athletic Conference championship and helped the team to a District K championship their freshman year.
“This group had two great years at SFCC,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “It ended sooner than we wanted, but we did go undefeated in the conference. They represented State Fair Community College very well, and we are excited to see them represent us at their new universities. All four are going into great situations where they can compete and help their new programs. We wish them the very best.”
(courtesy of David Rohrbach SFCC Athletics)