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Women's Basketball Signs Two Players

Nov. 14, 2001

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CORAL GABLES, Fla.-The Miami women’s basketball team signed Tamara James and Tatjana Marincic to national letters of intent in the early signing period that began on Wednesday, announced by head coach Ferne Labati.

“We are so excited about our new additions to the Hurricane family,” said Labati. “Tamara and Tatjana are both such outstanding players who will assist in taking our program to the next level.”

James, a 5-9 guard/forward from Dania, Fla., led South Broward High School to back-to-back state championship titles in 2000 and 2001.

She was named MVP of the state tournament last season and averaged 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game her junior season.

The Nike All-American is ranked the No. 15 guard in the nation according to the All-Star Girls Report.

“Tamara is extremely athletic, a great shooter and runs the floor well,” said Labati. “Her competitiveness and passion for the game will fit right into our system at Miami.”

Tatjana, a 6-2 guard/forward from Mississauga, Ontario, averaged 27 points and 16 rebounds per game last year at T.L. Kennedy High School.

She is the No. 1 player in Ontario as stated by Ontario Top 50 scouting report.

She won the Provincials in 2000 with her club team, Southern Ontario Basketball Club. She also led the club to the Midwest Nationals and the Midwest Grand Nationals this summer.

She was a unanimous selection to The Star’s annual Fab Five.

“With her passion and drive, the greater the challenge the more Tatjana excels,” added Labati. “She has the ability to take over a game with her scoring abilities and will make an immediate impact.”

The Hurricanes begin the 2001-02 campaign Sunday when they host Iona at 2 p.m. in the Knight Sports Complex.