Women’s Basketball Inks First for 2013

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Published May 14, 2013 01:14 PM

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Looking to build off the success of a NCAA Tournament appearance, Lynn University head women’s basketball coach Niki Washington proudly announced the first member of her Class of 2013 to sign.  Fredinna "Nina" Guillaume joins a squad coming off its first Sunshine State Conference regular season title.

“I could not ask for a better person or player to represent Lynn as the first member of our 2013 recruiting class than Nina [Guillaume],” said Washington, who will begin her fifth year at Lynn in the upcoming season.  “She comes from a successful high school program where her coach, Cindy Richardson, is known for instilling a strong work ethic and preparing her players for basketball at the college level.”

A 5-foot-11 power forward from Colonial High School in Orlando, Fla., Guiallaume averaged double-figures in scoring as a junior and senior while also pulling down nearly eight rebounds per game.  She was named the 2012-13 Metro Conference Player of the Year and garnered Orlando Sentinel First Team All-Orange Country accolades as she helped lead her team to the Florida High School Athletic Association 8A State Semifinals.  Guillaume then capped off a career in which she scored over 1,200 points and grabbed 500 rebounds by earning Florida Association of Basketball Coaches All-State Basketball Team recognition.

“Nina is very aggressive and strong, so a lot of players don't want to deal with that type of physical play and exertion all game,” Washington added.  “She just wears you down physically, which eventually wears on you mentally.  She's exactly what we're missing in the post; some grit and fire coupled with a tremendous skill set.”

The Fighting Knights posted an 18-10 overall mark while going 11-5 in SSC play to set a program record for wins in a season.  In addition, Washington became the first coach in program history to garner SSC Coach of the Year recognition.  Lynn returns eight letterwinners, including starters Charla Nelson-James, Tylar Tracy, Zachara Bailey and Shatorria Baker.

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