By Shawn Wansley
Jones College Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – Four Jones College women's basketball players signed national letters of intent on April 29 in the McClellan Hall Media Room.
Breonca Ducksworth (West Jones) signed with Southeastern Louisiana University, Kyia Weathersby (Collins) signed with Alabama-Birmingham, Maya Jones (Northwest Rankin) signed with the University of Houston and Vilma Covane (Mozambique) signed with the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky.
Jones head coach Missy Bilderback is pleased to see all four have a chance to continue their careers.
"We are excited for Kyia, Vilma, Maya and Breonca to see them have an opportunity to sign with quality four-year programs," she said. "We are thankful for their time at Jones, they worked very hard and were always unselfish. It's great to see that rewarded.
"This is the ultimate goal, to see our players continue their education at a university."
Ducksworth, a 5-foot-4 guard, averaged 9.6 points per game and led the team in assists with 5.0 per game. She was a second-team All-MACJC South Division selection and played in the MACJC All-Star Game.
Ducksworth said it was an easy choice to go to Southeastern Louisiana, a Southland Conference school located in Hammond, Louisiana.
"It's close to home and there are some great people there," she said. "It was great for me at Jones and that's what I plan to do at Southeastern – just continue to win. They want me to push the ball, be good in transition and lead a lot of fast breaks and that's what I can do."
Weathersby, a 6-foot-3 center, averaged 10.6 points and a team-leading 8.6 rebounds per game this past season. She was a second-team All-MACJC South Division selection and participated in the MACJC All-Star Game. She is excited about going to UAB, a Conference USA school.
"It's a great school, academic-wise and basketball wise," she said. "I like the coaches and they have a great basketball atmosphere. It's the best of both worlds – kind of like Jones.
"I loved it at Jones. It's just like family here and it was a great experience. I'm not used to winning championships, so it was great for me."
Jones, a 6-foot-2 forward, averaged 8.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game and led the team in blocked shots (85) with 2.8 per game. She looks forward to joining Houston, a member of the American Athletic Conference.
"The coaches showed a lot of interest in me and it was like a family atmosphere there when I went on my visit," she said. "It made the choice even easier for me."
Another former Lady Bobcat – Myyah West – just completed her senior season at Houston. She helped recruit Jones to UH.
"We talked a lot when I went on my visit," Jones said of West's influence. "She made me feel even more comfortable with it being six hours away from home."
Jones was happy with her two seasons as a Lady Bobcat.
"It was a good experience and I learned a lot from my coach and the other players," she said. "I feel like my game improved a lot over these two years."
Covane, a 6-foot-3 center, transferred to Jones after playing a year at Seward County Community College (Kansas). She was hampered an injury during her year as a Lady Bobcat.
The University of the Cumberlands is an NAIA school led by former Southern Miss head coach Rick Reeves.
All four of the players helped Jones to a 28-3 record this season and the school's third straight MACJC title, Region 23 championship and NJCAA Division I Tournament appearance. The Lady Bobcats are 54-7 the past two seasons.