The Wright State women's basketball team has added three players to its roster, announced head coach Mike Bradbury. Joining the Raiders for the 2012-13 season are forwards Brianna Innocent and Ja'Monica Orton along with guard Tay'ler Mingo.
Innocent (Vandalia, OH/Butler) comes to WSU after competing last season at Edison State Community College in nearby Piqua, Ohio, where she averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Chargers. Ranked as the #54 forward in the 2010 recruiting class nationwide by Hoopgurlz.com, Innocent averaged 10.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 60 percent from the field. As a junior for the Aviators, she averaged 9.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest. Innocent was a First Team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division honoree as a junior and senior.
"Brianna's size and skill level will provide our team scoring and rebounding inside along with providing a defensive presence in the paint," said Bradbury.
Orton (Dayton, OH/Stebbins) joins the Raiders after two seasons at East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi. A two-year All-Region 23 selection as well as First Team All-Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC), Orton averaged 17.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and two assists as a sophomore. Part of the 2012 MACJC All-Star Team, she shot 41 percent from the field over two seasons and 86 percent at the foul line.
At Stebbins, Orton averaged 21.2 points per contest as a senior along with 11.0 rebounds. As a junior for the Indians, she averaged 17.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game en route to being named an All-American honorable mention by The Sporting News. A three-time All-Central Buckeye Conference honoree, she also won the District 15 Basketball Underclass All-Star award in 2009.
"Ja'Monica's ability to score in a variety of ways will allow us to play faster and more versatile," said Bradbury. "Her rebounding ability will also be a big asset for us."
Mingo (Akron, OH/Regina) played the last two seasons at Florida State. After seeing action in 24 games off the bench as a freshman, she appeared in 12 games with four starts in 2011-12, averaging 3.9 points while shooting 38 percent from the field and dishing out 39 assists. She scored a season-high 12 points in the opener against South Florida, hititng five of seven shots, and had eight points off the bench versus Georgia State.
The Associate Press Division III Ohio Player of the Year as a junior and senior, Mingo was considered the nation's #59-ranked prospect overall as a senior according to the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and was #18 among point guards. She averaged 14.0 points per game, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 steals as a senior. As a junior, Mingo averaged 13.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 6.7 steals per game in leading Regina to a perfect 27-0 season and a state championship for the first time in school history.
"Tay'ler's athleticism will be a great asset to our program," said Bradbury. "Her experience playng at Florida State should allow her to make a big impact on our program immediately."
The trio join 5-7 guard Jasmine Johnson (Columbus, OH/Brookhaven), who signed with Wright State in the fall, as newcomers for next season along with Tayler Stanton, a 6-0 forward who sat out the 2011-12 campaign after transferring from Kent State and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Wright State posted its most wins in its 25-year Division I history in 2011-12 as the Raiders went 21-13 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational for the second consecutive year.