Former Evanston Township High School girls basketball standout Alecia Cooley has landed a Division I full ride scholarship to the University of Arkansas following two successful seasons at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Mo.

Cooley recently signed a letter of intent to play for Arkansas coach Jimmy Dykes for the Razorbacks.

The 6-foot-3 Cooley was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American honorable mention team in the Junior College/Community College division, the first player in Lady Roadrunners history to earn that accolade. She led SFCC to a 23-6 overall record in her sophomore season, scoring a team high 17.3 points and a team high 11.7 rebounds per contest. She also averaged 2 blocked shots.

Cooley earned first-team All-Region 16 honors this season and was named to the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference first team.

At ETHS, she was a two-time all-Central Suburban League South division selection.

“Alecia is an outstanding player,” said State Fair coach Kevin Bucher. “She was the leading scorer and rebounder in most of our games this season. She really improved her game this year, and she was probably the best post player on all the teams I saw play because of her ability to run up and down the floor and post up. She had a great career here at SFCC, and this is a wonderful honor and accomplishment for her.”

As a freshman at SFCC, Cooley’s averages of 11.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots helped power her team to the program’s fourth National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament appearance, plus Region 16 regular season and tournament championships. She earned second team All-Region 16 honors as the Lady Roadrunners finished 21-9.

Source: ETHS Sports Information

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