May 19, 2004
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - St. Bonaventure has signed forwards Iben Soltau (Gundsomagle, Denmark/Himmelev Gymnasium School), Olecia Miller (Toronto, Ont./State Fair Community College) and point guard Latrice Hood (San Antonio, Texas/San Jacinto Junior College) to National Letters of Intent, women's basketball head coach Jim Crowley announced today.
The 6-foot-2 Soltau is a member of the Danish National Team. A three-year starter for the Danish Under-20 National Team, Soltau averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game in helping the Danes win the bronze medal at the 2003 North European Championship. Soltau was named MVP of the Nordic European Cup after leading Glostrup to the title averaging 15 points and seven rebounds per game. She also led her club team to the 2003 Danish Championship.
"Iben brings some size to us and also has ability with the basketball," Crowley said. "She has solid offensive skill, being able to score inside and shoot the three pointer. With her international experience, we expect her to be ready to help right away."
Miller, a 5-foot-11 small forward, is coming off two productive seasons at State Fair Community College in Missouri. As a sophomore, Miller averaged 20 points to go with six rebounds a game. Her freshman season, Miller averaged 17 points and four rebounds per game.
"Olecia gives us another student-athlete with experience and athleticism," Crowley said. "Olecia has the ability to go over people for scores and rebounds as well as move to the perimeter and get scoring chances."
The 5-foot-6 Hood averaged 5.4 points, 3.1 assists, and 1.8 rebounds this season for San Jacinto Junior College (Texas). Prior to junior college, Hood was a second team all-district player at Sam Houston high school.
"Latrice gives us speed with the ball and the ability to defend the basketball 94 feet," said Crowley. "She is a true point guard that can really create for her teammates. Latrice is an experienced player who will not only help us on the floor but also help our younger point guards develop."
Crowley and the Bonnies signed three players to National Letters of Intent in the early signing period last fall: guards Mandi Pierce, Maripier Malo and Nadia Roc.