December 1, 2011

Women's Hoops Inks Two for Class of 2016

The Central Connecticut women's basketball team has announced the addition of two players for the 2012-13 school year.  Coach Beryl Piper and the Blue Devils will welcome Raven Makins and Nicole Ferguson as freshman at CCSU in the Fall of 2012.

Makins is a 5-8 guard from Laurel, Maryland, who played her high school basketball at Archbishop Spalding.  Makins' Archbishop Spalding team finished with a perfect 16-0 conference record last season in route to the 2011 I.A.A.M.A. Conference Championship.

She played AAU under Coach Tony Gorham for Blue Star Maryland, the team captured the Gray Division Championship at the Nike Tournament of Champions in 2010.  She was named to the All-Tournament Team for her performance in the event.  Also during the summer of 2010, Makins was named Most Valuable Player at the Tina Thompson "She Got Game" Tournament.

 "Raven loves to get after the ball," Piper said.  "We look forward to having a player that loves to create turnovers and rebound in our rotation.  Her tenacious defensive ability is something that will help our program."

Ferguson is a 6-1 native of Ellington, Connecticut, who played her first two seasons of high school basketball at Ellington before transferring to East Catholic High.  As a junior at East Catholic, Ferguson averaged 15.6 points per game and earned CCC All-Conference honors. 

During the summer, Ferguson played on Coach Buddy Kresge's NEBC Bombers AAU team that won gold at the Under-15 Connecticut State Championship in 2009.

In addition, she received CCC All-Conference honors as a volleyball player during her senior season.  Off the court, Ferguson is a member of the National Honor Society and a Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

"Nicole has good size and I believe will create mismatch problems for our opponents as a three-player that can knock down the three."  Piper added, "She also loves to get out and run in transition which will fit in well with our team."

"We look forward to having Raven and Nicole join our team and the CCSU community next year."