Lady Blazers Sign Four in Early Period

Nov. 8, 2000

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - UAB women's basketball coach Jeannie Milling announced the signing of four players to athletic grant-in-aids on the first day of the November signing period.

The Lady Blazers inked guards Christina Frank of Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, Ky Laura Waldrop of Prattville High School, and Chantell Thomas of Osceola High in Kissimmee, Fla. Along with forward Lia Green of Warren Central High in Vicksburg, Miss.,

"I'm really excited about all of these players," Milling said. "Amy Champion and done a great job. This is an extremely talented class that will be fun to watch. The last three years we have had three great recruiting classes. These classes have brought in athletes that have been at a higher level than the one's we had previously. That is a because of the job Amy and our entire staff has done."

Frank at 6-feet tall is one of the candidates for Miss Kentucky Basketball. She averaged 22 points a game and was All-State and All-Region while playing for Donna Moir at Sacred Heart. "Christina is a very smart player that can do it all. She has great three-point range, handles the ball well and has the ability to pass the ball well because of her ability to see the court so well," Milling said.

Waldrop, 5-11, was second team All-State and All-County under Sam Peak at Prattville. She averaged 14 points and five rebounds per game. "Laura is a very physical player. I really like her size for a perimeter player. She can handle and pass the ball well," said Milling.

Thomas is a true point guard, who was named All-State and All-Central Florida for coach Donnie Preston. She averaged 19 points and 6.5 assists per game. "What impressed me the most was her size for a point guard, " Milling said. "She handles the ball well, makes good decisions and can also play the two-guard. She can score as well as distribute the ball."

Milling calls Green a big version of Deanna Jackson, Conference USA's preseason Player of the Year. Green, 6-3, averaged 11.6 points and 7.3 rebounds for Donnie Fuller at Warren Central. She was an All-State performer and honorable mention for Mississippi's Dandy Dozen. "I really think at the end of the year, Lia will be on that Dandy Dozen list, " said Milling. "She is one of the top post players in Mississippi, but she can do so much. She is very versatile. Lia can rebound and score inside and is very strong."

The Lady Blazers were 21-13 last year and advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. They are picked to finish second in the American Division of C-USA in the poll of the coaches. "We'll graduate five players off this year's team. I believe this class here will step in and contribute early to offset those losses," said Milling.

UAB plays the Atlanta Shooters in an exhibition game, Sunday afternoon at 2:00 in Bartow Arena. It is the first exhibition game of the year for the Lady Blazers.