May 23, 2011
Boca Raton, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team will be bolstered with the addition of junior college transfers Kelsey Proctor of Ballwin, Mo., and Joanna Harden of Pompano Beach, Fla., for the 2011-12 season. Head Coach Chancellor Dugan announced that the duo has signed National Letters of Intent to participate in athletics at the NCAA Division I university.
A 6-foot-3 post player, Proctor will become the tallest player on the Owls' roster.
"Kelsey's size will provide a low post offensive and defensive presence on next year's team - just what we need to compete against the best in the Sun Belt Conference," said Dugan about the player who played the past two seasons at John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill. "We're looking for her to come in and compete with our returners."
Harden, a 5-foot-8 point guard/shooting guard, who signed with FAU in the early signing period in November, averaged over 10 points per game this year during her redshirt freshman season at Northwest Florida State College. She was named the Panhandle Conference's Freshman of the Year, and was named First-Team All-Conference. She made a team-high 54 three-point field goals for the season and scored 16 points against Pensacola State College in the championship game of the state tournament.
Harden, an Ely High School graduate says that she liked the fact that she is coming back "home" to play for FAU. "It's so close to my house," said Harden.
"I like that I will have the chance to play in front of my mom and cousins." "JoJo (Harden's nickname) will make an immediate impact on our backcourt. I'm really looking forward coaching her this season." said Dugan.
Dugan will be entering her 13th season as the Owls' head coach. She recorded her 300th career win in last season's 56-52 victory over Arkansas State University. The 2011-12 team is expected to return all but one graduating player.