Texas Tech women’s basketball has been in dire need of height this season.
Sisters Haley and Kellyn Schneider are the tallest Lady Raiders at 6-foot-5.
Senior forwards Shauntal Nobles and Kelsi Baker are the only other Lady Raiders standing 6-foot or taller.
Head coach Candi Whitaker is doing her best to remedy the situation and recently added 6-foot guard Rayven Brooks and 6-foot-1 forward Paige Parliament to the roster for next season.
You can spot both players on the bench right now, but they won’t be eligible until the 2014-15 season.
Brooks transferred in from Chipola Junior College in Florida.
The University of Miami (Fl.) originally signed Brooks in May, but she decided to remain at Chipola for the fall semester before transferring to Tech.
“She needed another semester to graduate so she was able to open up recruitment,” Whitaker said. “We jumped on her as soon as we heard the news.”
Brooks was an NJCAA All-American for Chipola in 2012-13, averaging 15 points, eight rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
She also hit 38.1 percent from behind the arc and 39.4 overall from the floor.
“We’re really looking to get bigger on the wings,” Whitaker said. “(Brooks) provides that. Her arms are very long. I think she’ll be a good defender for us.”
Parliament, is a walk-on and enrolled at Tech after playing the 2012-13 season at Abilene Christian.
“Paige Parliament was going to school at Texas Tech and was playing at the Rec when we heard about her,” Whitaker said. “She’s on the practice squad. She’s a skilled player and works extremely hard. She has a great attitude and great enthusiasm.”
Along with these two additions, Tech signed three players for the 2014-15 season in the November recruiting class: 6-foot-2 center Ionna McKenzie, 6-foot-2 wing Dayo Olabode and 6-foot-2 post Courtney Vaccher.
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