Influx of new talent bolsters Lady Greyhounds roster
ASU Mid- South women’s basketball program reloaded for new season
asumidsouthsports.com Lady Greyhounds’ Head Coach Mercedes Corona will have plenty of arrows in her quiver as the ASU Mid-South women’s basketball program heads into the 2021 season.
One of those new weapons comes from the addition of Haven Cooper from Arkadelphia. Cooper, a 5'8' guard/forward, played at Arkadelphia High School and averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists per game. The three-year letterwinner also averaged 3 steals per game while earning Rookie of the Year honors as a sophomore.
Cooper joins five returners as the Lady Greyhounds continue to build their program under Corona who enters her third season with ASU Mid-South.
The addition of Cooper augments the three studentathletes for the 2021 season who signed with the Lady Greyhounds in the spring.
Breanna Campbell, Keiana Delaney, and Adrienne Wilbanks have signed NJCAA Letters of Intent and will enroll at ASU Mid-South in the fall.
Local product Keiana Delaney, a 5”6” guard from Marion, played three years of varsity basketball, serving as a team captain her senior year while averaging 7.7 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists per game for Head Coach Shunda Johnson.
Marion finished the season 12-17 overall in the tough 5A East with the league winner taking Co-State Champion honors. Delaney will be reunited with former teammate sophomore guard Tashley Milow. The pair played together for the Patriots for two years before Milow graduated from Marion High School in 2019 Campbell and Wilbanks both played for Head Coach Domonique Allen at Corinth (MS) High School.
Wilbanks, a 5’6” guard, transferred to Corinth from Walnut (MS) High School for her last two years and as a senior averaged 15 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals per game with a high game of 26 points on the way to All-Division honors. She also shot an outstanding 44 percent from the threepoint line and 67 percent from the free throw line.
Campbell, a 5'7' guard, averaged 9 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals per game with high games of 17 points and 13 rebounds. All three studentathletes join the Lady Greyhounds as freshmen and will join returners from last season, including 6’1” sophomore center Aaliyah Lee.
Lee returns to the Lady Greyhounds after a stellar freshman campaign that saw her average team-highs in points (13.7), rebounds (8.9) and blocked shots (2.6). She earned First Team All-Region 2 honors while shooting 48.5% from the field and 61.4% from the free throw line. She posted high games of 23 points (three times), 14 rebounds (three times), and 12 blocks (vs. Southwest Tennessee).
Lee played in high school at Munford, Tennessee, and was a 2-year letterman for Coach Steve Poindexter.
The Lady Greyhounds open up the season on Thursday, Jan. 14 at home in The Dog House against Itawamba Community College at 6 p.m. Then the team is on the road the rest of the month, on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Shawnee Community College at 2 p.m., Monday Jan. 25 at Williams Baptist University with a 5 p.m. tipoff, and then an appearance at the Moberly Classic in Moberly, Missouri with games on Friday, Jan. 29 against Moberly Area Community College at 7 p.m., and against Triton College on Saturday, Jan.
30 beginning at 1 p.m.
Photos courtesy of ASU Mid-South