November 13, 2013

White inks a pair of Savannahs

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

GREELEY – Northern Colorado women's basketball coach Jaime White didn't realize when she began the recruiting process that she'd be creating an alliterative tongue twister for the next four years, but that's exactly what happened on Wednesday when she signed Savannah Scott and Savannah Smith to National Letters of Intent.

"Both Smith and Scott will bring a lot of speed and quickness," White said. "They are both great players, but more important are great people. We are excited to have them join our family."

Scott, a 5-9 point guard from Campbell, Calif., will join the Bears from Westmont High School where she is an eight-time letter winner for the Warriors. She has four letters in basketball, three in volleyball as an outside hitter and one in track & field as a distance runner. On the hardwood, Scott is a three-time First-Team All-League selection and last year as a junior was named to the Second-Team All-San Jose Mercury News squad. In volleyball she is also a three-time First-Team All-Conference pick. Last year as a junior Scott averaged 22.2 points, 7.2 steals and 5.5 assists per game. She will enroll at Northern Colorado in the fall, 2014 and study nutrition.

"Scott has a great vision on the court that will make her fun to play with," White said.

Smith is a 5-6 guard from Fort Collins, Colo., and Fossil Ridge High School. She enters her senior season with two First-Team All-Conference selections under her belt and was also an Academic All-State honorable mention a season ago. A year ago Smith was named the Fossil Ridge Player of the Year and she owns the single game record for steals in a game. With her club team, Smith was named to the All-Tournament teams at the 2013 Mountain Madness, the Nike Summer Showcase and the Music City Madness tournaments. A season ago she averaged 15.0 points, 3.5 steals and 4.5 assists per game as well as shot 81 percent from the free throw line. Smith will also enroll at UNC in the fall, 2014 semester, but is undecided on a field of study.

"Smith is not only quick," White said, "but can shoot and distribute the ball at a high level."