Women's Basketball Signs Lesane and Lonlack for Upcoming Season
May 15, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- - The University of Memphis women's basketball roster grew by two with the addition of Ramses Lonlack-Nimpa (Greenfield, Mass./Stoneleigh-Burnham School) and Christine "Moo Moo" Lesane (Brooklyn, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep --Fitchburg, Mass.) who each signed National Letters of Intent with the Tigers. The duo are the first signees for head coach Melissa McFerrin at Memphis, who took over the program in April.
"Ramses is an extremely athletic guard that will be a defensive specialist and stopper for us," McFerrin said. "She will also be a very capabable transition player in our system."
Christine "Moo Moo" Lesane, a Brooklyn, N.Y. native, was a three-year starter for Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass) for coach John McGraw. During her three years in Massachusetts, her team compiled an impressive 61-9 mark. A 5-11 forward, Lesane leaves as the school's all-time leading scorer (boys or girls) with 1,209 points. She averaged 20.3 ppg and 9.6 rpg over her career and averaged 22.7 ppg and 12.6 rpg in her senior season. She scored over 20 points 33 times and had a career-high of 45 points against Union County College. She also shot 21 FT's in a single game against the Canadian National Developmental Team (NEDA).
"Christine Lesane is an athletic body who has the ability to score through contact and be a very efficient rebounder," McFerrin said. "We will look for her to be a scorer right away as a youngster, especially after she becomes acclimated to the college game."
Lesane and Lonlack-Nimpa join Laquawanda Sippio in this year's recruiting class. Sippio was an early signing period signee for the Tigers in November.
Memphis will lose just one player off the 2007-08 roster, as Aroha Jennings completed her eligibility and is completing her degree this summer. Memphis will return four seniors, led by the local trio of LaToya Bullard, Jessica Jackson and Paris Leonard. Jessica Hall will also be a fifth-year senior for Memphis after missing two seasons due to injury.