November 17, 2005

Women's Basketball Signs Two to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 17, 2005

GREELEY, Colo. - University of Northern Colorado head women's basketball coach Ron Vlasin announced the signings of two student-athletes to national letters of intent during the early signing period on Thursday. Tina Fox (North Platte, Neb./North Platte H.S.) and Kaley Hoover (Emory, Texas/Rains H.S.) will join the Bears' roster beginning next season.

"Our coaching staff is elated to sign two players the caliber of Tina and Kaley," Vlasin said. "This signing is a big shot in the arm to our program. We feel that the addition of these two quality student-athletes to our current roster will make us contenders in the Big Sky Conference next year."

Fox (6'3, center) attended North Platte High School in North Platte, Neb. Besides playing with the basketball team, Fox will also compete in track & field at Northern Colorado. She averaged nine points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots per game for coach Mark Woodhead and led the North Platte Bulldogs to an 18-5 record during her junior year. Tina was named 2005 All State Class A Honorable Mention in basketball. She holds school records for most blocked shots in a game and in the high jump and triple jump. Fox has earned seven varsity letters in basketball, track & field and volleyball at North Platte High School. Fox high-jumped 5'8 as a junior, the same height that won the 2005 Big Sky Championships in that event. She is currently the defending Nebraska State High Jump Champion. On the track she was coached by Dennis Fornander.

Academically, she plans to study criminal justice at Northern Colorado. She is the daughter of Larry Gipe and Jody Ryan. She chose Northern Colorado over the University of Memphis and Bradley University.

"Tina is a tremendous athlete and a skilled basketball player with great upside," Vlasin said. "She fits into our offensive scheme perfectly. We are extremely excited about her signing."

"I'm very excited to know that Tina is going to be joining us here at Northern Colorado next year," added head track and field coach Kevin Galbraith. "Tina has the potential to be an outstanding dual-sport athlete. Being a high jumper in track and a basketball player is a perfect combination in terms of the sport seasons having very little overlap, as well as the physiological demands of training being the same. Tina signing with us is a win-win situation for women's basketball, track and our university."

Hoover (6'2, forward) attended Rains High School in Emory, Texas. She averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior for coach Brian Davenport. Hoover has earned nine varsity letters in basketball, volleyball and track & field at Rains High School. She was ranked 24th in the preseason by TexasHoops.com, a website that covers high school basketball in Texas.

Hoover, who plans on studying pre-med and Northern Colorado is an honor student at Rains. She is the daughter of Kim Talkington. Hoover had offers to play both Division I basketball and volleyball and picked Northern Colorado over Arkansas-Little Rock, Louisiana-Lafayette, McNeese State and Texas-San Antonio.

"We are very pleased to have Kaley sign with us," Vlasin added. "She is an excellent scorer inside and a quality student-athlete. She will be able to come here and improve our inside game immediately."

The Northern Colorado women's basketball team opens the 2005-06 season on Friday night at the Air Force Academy (7 p.m. MT). The Bears are in the third-year of a four-year reclassification process to Division I and will become official members of the Big Sky Conference in 2006-07.