May 16, 2002
USI women’s basketball signs versatile player
The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team announced the signing of 5’10” guard/forward Latonya “Buffy” Graves (Mullins, South Carolina). Graves is the fourth player to sign with Head Coach Rick Stein’s Screaming Eagles.
A member the 2001-02 NJCAA Region X championship team at Louisburg Junior College (Louisburg, North Carolina), Graves averaged 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2001-02. She shot 52 percent from the floor and recorded 1.9 assists per outing.
LJC finished 2001-02 with a 29-6 record and made an appearance in the NJCAA Sweet Sixteen.
As a freshman, Graves helped lead LJC to a 30-6 overall record and the NJCAA Region X championship as well as an appearance in the NJCAA Sweet Sixteen. Graves poured in 10.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest while recording 90 assists and 42 steals.
A graduate of Mullins High School in Mullins, South Carolina, Graves earned varsity letters (15) in five different sports. She was the South Carolina Class 2A Player of the Year as a junior and a senior and finished her career as the third-leading scorer in MHS history.
For her efforts, she was named All-State three times and earned a spot on the South Carolina All-Star team. Her efforts also helped MHS to three state championships.
During her senior season at MHS, Graves averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 steals, and 5.0 assists per game and was named South Carolina Miss Basketball.
“Buffy is an outstanding all-around player,” Stein explained. “Her teams’ success in high school and at Louisburg is a direct reflection of the type of player she is. Buffy is a proven winner who will fit perfectly into our style of play.”
Graves joins an Eagle squad that is coming off back-to-back Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament championships and NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. The Eagles went to the Elite Eight in 2001 and made it to the Great Lakes Regional Championship game in 2002.
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