Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Kyra Gulledge (H W Byers) Joins Murray State 2014 Women's Basketball Class

From Murray State Athletics site

A 6-2 forward/center from Olive Branch, Mississippi, Kyra Gulledge will transfer to the Murray State  women's basketball team from East Mississippi Community College for the 2014-15 season, head coach Rob Cross announced on Thursday.

"Kyra will be a great addition to our team, as she is a hard-working player who will give us greater depth in the post position," said Cross. "She had an outstanding prep career at H.W. Byers and continued that trend at EMCC last season. In addition to being a force on the court, she is a great student in the classroom and we look forward to having someone of her high-character on campus next fall.

Last season, Gulledge averaged 9.0 points for the Lions and led the team in rebounds and blocks at 7.1 and 1.2, respectively. Gulledge appeared in 23 games for EMCC in 2013-14 with 20 starts and finished the year with an impressive 52.4 shooting percentage from the floor. After redshirting her freshman season at Furman , Gulledge will have three years of eligibility with the Racers

As a prep standout at H.W. Byers, Gulledge helped lead the Lady Lions to a Mississippi Class 2A state title in her freshman season and back-to-back 1A titles in her junior and senior years. During her senior year, Gulledge pulled down 21 double-doubles and averaged 14.1 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. Following her senior year, she was one of just 12 players in the state of Mississippi to be named to the Clarion-Ledger's prestigious All-State team.

Gulledge joins fellow Mississippian Olivia Cunningham, a 5-7 guard from Horn Lake, and Alexis Cassell, a 6-2 post from Altanta, Georgia as members of Cross' recruiting class for next season. In addition to the three incoming student-athletes, sophomore LeAsia Wright and freshman Ke'Shunan James are also expected to play a major role for MSU next season. Wright, a 5-8 guard, sat out last season after transferring from Western Kentucky, while James, a 6-1 forward/guard, sat out due to NCAA rules.

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