Panthers Ink Holman To National Letter Of Intent
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (May 19, 2009) - Nicole Holman, a sophomore at Kirkwood Community College, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and join the women's basketball team, head coach Sandy Botham announced today.
Holman brings the number of incoming recruits for 2009-10 to five, joining Ciera McGaughy of Detroit, Mich., Sami Tucker of East Lansing, Mich., Sammy Theut of Chesterfield Township, Mich., and Anne Breland of Rochester, Minn.
Holman is the third junior college transfer the Panthers have signed, alongside McGaughy and Breland. Like Breland, Holman helped her team to an NJCAA National Championship last season. Breland's Rochester Community and Technical College team won the Division III title, while Kirkwood claimed the Division II championship.
"We are thrilled to have Nicole join our program," Botham said. "She makes us much deeper in the backcourt because of her ability to play both the one and two spots for us. She is an outstanding shooter with deep range as well as a very gifted ball-handler and passer. She also makes a big impact on our team speed and quickness and that will make us able to do more on both sides of the ball. Best of all, she possess super character, which can never be discounted as a component to success."
A 5-foot-4 guard, Holman 6.5 points and 2.0 assists per game for the 36-1 Eagles. She knocked down 50 three-pointers on the year, hitting 39.1 percent from behind the arc, and was an 81.8 percent free throw shooter.
Holman attended Tennessee at Martin out of high school, starting 14 games and playing in all 31 for the Skyhawks as a freshman. She scored 9.1 points per game and finished with 85 assists in 2006-07. During her true sophomore season, she suffered a season-ending injury in the sixth game of the season, receiving a medical hardship. She had started each of the first six games of the season, averaging 6.7 points and 5.0 assists per game.
"Her background in the game will be an asset in that she has already experienced great success individually as a Division I player, and now has championship experience coming out of the Kirkwood program," Botham said. "She should have a seamless transition next fall because of that."
A native of Louisville, Ky., Holman attended Butler High School, where she was named all-state honorable mention. The Sixth Region Player of the Year, she led her team to district and regional titles as a sophomore. An all-district and all-region honoree, she was also named to the regional all-tournament team twice.