Three Lady Tiger basketball players sign with four-year schools
Thanks to their hard work and commitment to the Cowley College women’s
basketball program, Elena Yankova, Shirolacille (Bebe) Holloway, and
Noelle Jackson recently signed letters of intent to play basketball at
Yankova signed with Creighton University out of the Missouri Valley Conference,
Holloway signed with NCAA Division I Houston Baptist University, and
Jackson chose to play for NAIA school St. Gregory’s University
Yankova had a stellar two years at Cowley and leaves as the school’s
third all-time leading scorer with 997 points. She was named the Jayhawk
East Freshman of the Year during the 2007-08 season and was a two-time
first-team all-conference selection. Yankova averaged 16.8 points and
3.8 rebounds this past season.
Holloway finished her career at Cowley as one of the school’s all-time
steals leaders and ranks 20h all-time on its career scoring list with
672 points. She averaged 14.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.3 steals per
game as a sophomore as she earned second-team all-conference honors.
“Coach (Todd) Clark made me a much better player,” Holloway said. “The
people at Cowley made it a very comfortable experience for me. I feel I have
got another family in Kansas as well as my family in Houston.”
The duo helped Cowley win 45 games over the past two seasons.
“Both of them were invaluable to us, I am glad I had an opportunity to
coach them,” Cowley head coach Todd Clark said. “We still think
their best basketball is ahead of them.”
Holloway will be only 30 minutes from home when she begins her playing
career at Houston Baptist.
“I think it’s a good fit because my family can come to my games,” Holloway
said. “They also have a good group of girls coming back plus some good
players they recruited.”
After averaging 3.3 points and finishing second on the team in three-point
baskets as a freshman, Jackson redshirted this past season. In what would
be her final game playing for the Lady Tigers, Jackson scored 12 points
in a Region VI semifinal loss to Seward County during the 2007-08 season.
“This is a good opportunity for her to continue to play,” Clark
said. “We are always pleased when one of our players has an opportunity
to move on and continue playing.”
Pictured, front row from left, Shirolacille (Bebe) Holloway, Elena Yankova,
Noelle Jackson. Back row, Cowley College assistant coach Katrina Colwell
and head coach Todd Clark.