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Marshall women add two more to revamped roster

May. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall Thundering Herd women's basketball will have an almost entirely new look next season with the addition of eight recruits.

The recruiting class grew to eight members Thursday with the announced signings of junior college players Aja Sorrells and Andrea Johnson to National Letters of Intent.

Sorrells is a 5-foot-9 guard who helped Hutchinson Community College in Kansas to back-to-back Final Four appearances in the NJCAA tournament. The Lady Dragons were in the national semifinals this year and reached the title game in 2012.

Hutchinson finished 36-2, with Sorrells averaging 10 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 steals as an All-Jayhawk Conference honorable mention selection.

"Aja has complete versatility and toughness," Marshall head coach Matt Daniel said. "She is solid playing multiple positions and can provide matchup problems for opponents on both ends. She has been coached by a hard-nosed guy that I played against in college, John Ontjes, when he was at Oklahoma.

"Her record is 72-3 in two years at Hutchinson, with a runner-up and third place finish in the national tournament."

Sorrells is a native of Athens, Ga., where she played on three region championship teams at Clarke Central High School.

Johnson, a 5-4 point guard from Silver Spring, Md., led Northeast Community College of Norfolk, Neb., to a 28-5 record and the national tournament as a sophomore. She averaged 11.4 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals per game.

"A.J. is a guard who can help run a team with or without the ball in her hands," Daniel said. "She has had success on all levels and possesses the maturity we need on the floor. She is vocal gym rat and has shown the ability to score the ball multiple ways. The system they ran at Northeast under coach Matt Svehla helped show us the player she is capable of being."

Johnson was a two-time All-Maryland honorable mention player at Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda.

The Marshall recruiting class also includes 6-1 Kiana Evans from Huntington High; 5-5 McKenzie Akers of Princeton, W.Va.; 6-3 Chelsey Romero from Hampton, Va.; 6-1 Maya Singleton and 6-2 Jonelle Britt from Marlboro, Md.; and 5-11 Leah Scott from Iowa Western Community College.

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