The Penn State women’s basketball team has signed junior college transfer Dominique Brooks to a national letter-of-intent, Lady Lion coach Coquese Washington announced Thursday.
Brooks, 6-foot-4 post player, spent two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas and was part of the Cardinals’ back-to-back NJCAA national championship teams. She will join the Lady Lions in July and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
During Brooks’ two seasons there, Trinity Valley posted a 72-1 record on the way to its second and third consecutive national titles. She is one of five Cardinal players to move on to Division I rosters for next fall.
“Dominique is a tremendous athlete who will provide some depth for us in the post,” Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington said in a university statement. “We are really excited to have her join our program.”
Brooks averaged 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds as a freshman and 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds as a sophomore in limited time as a reserve for the Cardinals. She shot 51 percent from the floor for her career.
Brooks becomes the only signee for the 2014-2015 class, though the Lady Lions will have two other new faces eligible as they begin their quest to win four consecutive Big Ten regular-season titles. Freshman point guard Lindsey Spann missed all of last season with a knee injury and sophomore guard Sierra Moore sat out the season as per NCAA rules after transfering from Duke.
Penn State graduated four starters from last season’s 24-8 squad. Guard Maggie Lucas (21.0 ppg) and swing Ariel Edwards (15.7 ppg), are both headed to WNBA training camps.
Brooks, a Lansing, Ill. native, was the 95th-ranked player overall by ESPN HoopGurlz coming out of Thornton Fractional South Senior High School in 2012. As a junior, Brooks averaged 7.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game with 47 blocks. She scored 10.0 points, grabbed 9.4 rebounds and blocked 67 shots as a sophomore. No statistics were avialable for her senior season.
Brooks originally signed with Mississppi State, but instead went to Trinity Valley.