Victoria Crawford Signs With Lady Tigers
April 27, 2001
MEMPHIS, TENN. - University of Memphis women's basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis announced today the signing of Alabama all-state honoree Victoria Crawford to a National Letter of Intent for the 2001-02 Lady Tiger basketball season.
Crawford becomes the eighth newcomer to join the squad as McNelis has her largest signing class ever since taking the program over 10 years ago. For the 1993-94 season, she signed six out of eight recruits, and this year, she has signed eight of the 12 players she set her sights on. Crawford joins Rita Beckwith (5-10, F, Waterloo, Ala.), Latrice Booker (6-2, C, Winnfield, La.), Jeralynn Campbell (6-2, C, Tampa, Fla.), Jennifer Sullivan (5-10, G/F, Jonesboro, Ark.), Raven Rogers (5-10, G, Jackson, Miss.), Kalara McFadyen (5-6, G, Aukland, New Zealand) and Aesha Carter (6-2, F, Decatur, Ga.).
A 5-10 forward from Birmingham, Ala., Crawford prepped at Woodlawn High School where she was an all-state honoree in basketball, volleyball, track and softball. She averaged 26 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks per game as a senior and was the only player unanimously selected to the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game. The all-star game will be played on June 9. Crawford led WHS to a 27-7 record this past season, as the squad lost in the championship game of the Regional tournament.
"Victoria brings tremendous athleticism to our team," said McNelis. "Her speed and quickness will enhance our transition game as well as our full-court pressure defense. She will definitely be a great addition to our program."
Crawford received several honors this season, as she was named to the Birmingham News first-team all-state squad in basketball and the all-state honorable mention team in volleyball. She scored a career-high 42 points against White Station High School at the Decatur Tournament this season. A highly versatile athlete, Crawford also set a new Birmingham city high jump record at the state meet with a jump of 5' 8", and won the 300 meter low hurdles as a junior. She also placed second in tghe heptathalon and first in the triple jump. She was named the Most Valuable Player of her basketball squad and the Most Athletic at WHS.
"I am thankful that I will have the privilege to attend a great university," said Crawford. "I chose the U of M because I love the campus, and I already love my coaches and teammates. The coaches are very hardworking and determined to succeed, and my teammates are very funny and down to Earth."