Lady Braves hoops welcome two new additions
by Curtis Brooks, Sports Editor
June 7, 2012
UNCP women's basketball team.
Pine Needle archive photo by Nick Phillips
After losing senior leaders Dominique Washington and DeDe Cotten to graduation the Lady Braves basketball team responded by signing a pair of guards, Yasmine Butler and Chandrica Fuller, from the state of North Carolina to National Letters of intent.
Butler wrapped up her four year career at Southern Lee High School by leading her team to a conference championship and a berth in the third round of the North Carolina State Playoffs.
Butler also was able earn all-conference laurel, win her team's most valuable player award and was also honored with an academic for the second consecutive season.
As a junior the Sanford native averaged 14.5 points, 2.9 steals, 2.4 assist, and made 37 percent of her three point field goal attempts.
Butler played her AAU basketball for Abdul Ghaffar with the Angel Elite, who finished the second at the AAU National Tournament.
Butler was graduated from Southern Lee in June with a 3.2 cumulative grade point average.
"Yasmine is a very good guard who can handle the ball, penetrate, distribute and knock down the open shot," UNCP Head Coach Haskins said. "She has excellent leadership skills and we expect her to be an outstanding player in our program."
Fuller is a full time student at the City of Medicine Academy in Durham, but was a three year letterman at Southern Durham High School.
During her senior campaign Fuller helped the Spartans advance to the third round in the playoffs, win the Holiday Invitational Tournament championship and the Pac 6 Conference championship.
Fuller averaged 11.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.4 steals and 2.7 rebounds per game en route to a 22-5 record.
The senior guard has excelled in the classroom as she ranks fifth out of 58 students with a 4.3 cumulative grade point average.
Fuller is a member of Health Occupations Students of America and the National Junior Honor Society.
"Chandrica is a strong, penetrating guard who pushes the ball in transition and can attack the rim or distribute to open teammates," Haskins said. "We feel like Chandrica is an excellent addition to our program both as a player and a person."
Butler and Fuller will bolster the Black and Gold's backcourt with solid ball handling and perimeter, as the duo continues their prep careers at UNCP.