LSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES THE SIGNING OF SHEILA BOYKIN,
FINALIZES ROSTER FOR 2011-12 SEASON
BATON ROUGE – LSU women’s basketball
head coach Nikki Caldwell has announced the signing of highly-touted
high school prospect Sheila Boykin, a 6-foot-2 forward from Los
Boykin, who was granted her release from her National Letter of Intent
by UCLA, is rated the No. 27 player in America by ESPN HoopGurlz. The
addition of Boykin now gives the Lady Tigers two of the nation’s
top 30 incoming freshmen who are eligible to compete for the 2011-12
“Sheila is going to be a great addition to the LSU family,”
said Caldwell. “She brings a passion and intensity for the game
on both ends of the floor. She is one of those tough kids that do the
things that don’t necessarily show up in the box score. She puts
the team in front of her own personal glory. We are extremely happy
about her future as a Lady Tiger.”
LSU received a National Letter of Intent in the fall signing period
from Krystal Forthan, the nation’s fifth-ranked player by ESPN
HoopGurlz. Forthan, a 6-foot-4 forward who prepped at Georgetown
(Texas) High School, is enrolled in classes for the summer session. The
Lady Tigers also have 6-foot-1 guard Anne Pederson of Copenhagen,
Denmark joining the roster. Pederson starred at The Rock School in
Boykin was one of 10 players who earned 2011 Los Angeles Times All-Star
honors after averaging 10.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as a
senior at Long Beach Poly High School. Boykin led the Jackrabbits to a
25-3 record and a No. 17 national ranking by USA Today.
As a junior, she posted 9.6 points, 8.8 boards, 4.0 assists and 3.7
steals per contest at Long Beach Poly. That year she spearheaded the
squad to the CIF SS Division I-AA championship. Boykin was named Moore
League Co-MVP, CIF Southern Section Division I-AA Player of the Year
and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team Player of the Year.
Boykin will enroll in classes in August and join a talented LSU squad
that features five seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and now three
freshmen. The Lady Tigers, which were ranked 20th in an early preseason
poll by ESPN.com, welcome the return of All-Southeastern Conference
players LaSondra Barrett and Adrienne Webb.
Caldwell enters her first season at LSU after turning UCLA into a
national power with a 72-26 (.735) record in three seasons. Prior to
her stint with the Bruins, Caldwell served as an assistant coach for
six seasons under legendary coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee, winning a
pair of national titles.
Season tickets for the 2011-12 LSU women’s basketball season are
now on sale online at www.LSUtix.net or by phone at (225) 578-2184.
Season tickets start as low as $50.