April 17, 2013
HOUSTON - University of Houston women's basketball coach Todd Buchanan announced the signing of Alexia Sanders and Demetria Foreman to National Letters of Intent on Tuesday to play for the 2013-14 season.
Sanders and Foreman are both guards that hail from the state of Texas and will suit up in the Scarlet and White for Houston's inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference.
"We stayed true to our roots of recruiting locally while also filling our needs at the guard position," Buchanan said. "We're incredibly excited about Alexia and Demetria joining the Houston family. Not only are these two great athletes who bring over a winning tradition from their current programs, but they're also great people who come from outstanding families."
Sanders starred at nearby College Park High School in The Woodlands, where she earned District 14-5A MVP honors as a senior after leading the team in scoring (20.1 ppg), rebounding (7.0 rpg), steals (4.1 spg), assists (2.7 apg) and blocks (1.0 bpg). The 5-8 guard shot 49 percent (226-of-459) from the field and 74 percent (161-of-219) from the free-throw line.
Sanders, who was also a three-time District 14-5A First-Team selection, set school records for points in a season (622) and career scoring (1,893 points) while also grabbing at least 6.1 rebounds per game all four seasons. Sanders chose the Cougars over Georgia Tech and South Carolina.
"Alexia's game is exactly what we wanted as a staff because she is very versatile and can play multiple positions," Buchanan said. "She's also an incredible athlete, and we always want to go after kids that are extremely athletic. Right now, Alexia is more of a slasher scorer with the ability to score off the bounce and will be able to take her perimeter shooting to the next level with us.
"On the other side of the ball, Alexia is a tremendous defender, and her length allows her to be a great on-ball defender. She is also a tenacious rebounder, which speaks volumes for how hard she plays the game considering her size. I have a lot of praise for her parents on raising such a classy young lady."
Foreman signs with the Cougars after spending the last two seasons at the junior college level at Angelina College (2012-13) and Lon Morris College (2011-12). The 5-6 native of Irving, Texas, looks to make an immediate impact for Houston at the point guard position following the departure of fifth-year senior Porsche Landry.
Last season at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas, Foreman averaged 12.8 points and 3.2 assists per game and shot 40 percent from the field. She posted 10.2 points, 5.3 assists and 2.9 steals per game in her first collegiate season at Lon Morris, where she drained 103 field goals, including 21 3-pointers.
Foreman prepped at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, where she earned All-District 6-5A honors and helped lead the squad to the state title in 2011.
"Demetria has the mindset and court vision that you want a true point guard to have," Buchanan said. "You want your point guard to have the ability to distribute the ball to make everyone else better, and she does that very well. The other dimension she brings is she can also score. She's not just one-dimensional and a pass-first point guard, but she's a true scoring threat. She's also a very good athlete, where we can play at the tempo we like.
"Her leadership qualities that she will bring are crucial after losing Porsche, especially since she already has two years of collegiate experience."