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Rice Women's Basketball Signs Fisher, Gooden, and Hobbs to National Letters of Intent

Posted: November 11, 2020 -- 7:08 p.m. CT

Wednesday, Rice head women's basketball coach Tina Langley announced the signing of three high school seniors to a National Letter of Intent for the 2020-21 recruiting class. The trio includes Malia Fisher (Dacula, GA / Hebron Christian Academy), Trinity Gooden (Midwest City, OK / Choctaw High School) and Jordan Hobbs (Springboro, OH / Springboro High School). All three will enter Rice in the fall of 2021 as a freshman and will become members of the 2021-22 Rice Owls women's basketball squad.

"We are thrilled to be adding three outstanding young women to our Rice Family," Langley said. "Each young woman that we have signed today places an extremely high value on academics and displays the values and integrity that will lead them to success both on and off the court.

"Jordan, Trinity, and Malia all come from incredible families who have instilled the character and work ethic to equip them for life and basketball. They each come from highly competitive high school and AAU programs, which have helped prepare them for elite competition at the collegiate level. We are so grateful to these young women and their families for their trust and commitment. They are all a perfect fit for our program and Rice University."


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Last season, Fisher, 6'2", averaged 15.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 1.6 blocks per game for the Hebron Christian Academy Lions team that advanced to the Final Four State Tournament. Fisher earned 1A-Region 8 Player of the Year honors and was a Second Team All-State selection. In addition to basketball, Fisher played volleyball and was the Region 6 Co-Player of the Year, setting the school record for kills (548) in a season. Fisher also competed in track & field, establishing the school record in the high jump.

Gooden, 5'11", helped lead the Choctaw High School Yellowjackets to a 24-2 record last season, capped with a Big 10 District Championship. The Oklahoma native earned First Team All-Conference honors and enters her senior season with career averages of 8.3 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Hobbs, 6'1", averaged 14.1 points and 5.9 rebounds for Springboro High School last season earning her Second Team All-State honors for the Panthers. Hobbs was also named a First Team All-Southwest District nominee and the league's Player of the Year.

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