Friday, April 13, 2007

West Virginia names Randall

Semeka Randall, a former Tennessee All-American and a four-year veteran of the WNBA, has joined the West Virginia University women's basketball coaching staff, coach Mike Carey said Thursday.

"I hope I can come in and contribute and give to the program any way I can," Randall said. "One of the things I see that is similar between Mike [Carey] and Pat [Summitt] is their hard work. I want to get in here and work my tail off and be part of a team that works hard."

Randall, a Cleveland native who was Parade Magazine's Player of the Year and a first-team All-American in 1997 while starring at Trinity High School, has spent the last three seasons on the Michigan State staff, where the Spartans played for the national championship (2005), advanced to the Sweet 16 (2006) and made it to the NCAA second round (2007).

Randall was also Ohio's Miss Basketball in 1996 and 1997.

Before her tenure at Michigan State, Randall served as an assistant coach at Cleveland State.

Randall's playing career at Tennessee includes All-America honors and a national championship. Randall was the first player chosen in the second round (17th overall) of the 2001 WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm. In 2004, she completed her four-year WNBA career, which included stops in Utah (2002) and San Antonio (2003-04). She also played in professional leagues in Israel (2001-02) and Greece (2002-03).

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