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Blue Hens Women's Hoops Announces Signings of Four High School Stars

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NEWARK, Del.- The University of Delaware women's basketball team signed four high school stars from the class of 2014, Head Coach Tina Martin announced Wednesday.

Makeda Nicholas, Alexis Sears, Chastity Taylor and Kiersten West will join the Blue Hens as freshmen for the 2014-15 team.

Martin said she's really excited for the class to join the Blue Hens.

"In their own way they each bring something special to the table and I believe that all four will continue to help build on our winning tradition at UD," Martin said.

As a 6-1 forward, Nicholas averages 16.8 points, 12.2 rebounds and 6.7 blocks per game for North Babylon High School in New York. The New Yorker and All-State selection also posts 5.4 steals and 2.6 assists for the Bulldogs.

Martin believes Nicholas is an "outstanding forward who is very versatile and talented."

"She can shoot the three, put the ball on the floor and post up," Martin said.

Sears joins the Blue Hens as a forward/center combo from Lenape High School in New Jersey. The 6-2 Medford, N.J. native averages 12.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, with 3.5 blocks.

"She is strong and rebounds the ball really well," Martin said. She will definitely be a fan-favorite from the get-go because of her personality and infectious smile."

Taylor is a 5-9 guard/forward from St. Anthony's High School in New York. As a two-time All-Long Island honoree, Taylor helped lead the Friars to a league title and the CHSAA Class AA state tournament in 2013. She is currently averaging 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals per game.

"She handles the ball well and is a very good three-point shooter," Martin said. "Chastity is a good athlete and I believe she is a young lady who will continue to get better because of her ability to create her own shot and get shots for other people."

West currently has an average of 16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks for Longwood High School. As a native of Coram, N.Y., the 5-9 guard will add a strong defense and perimeter shooting to the team. West helped lead Longwood to a berth in the Class AA playoffs and will join her AAU teammates at Delaware, Nicholas and Taylor.

"Kiersten is a very athletic two-guard in addition to being a lefty," Martin said. "She can shoot the three and is a very creative player that can create her own shot. Additionally, she is a very good defensive player."

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