May 22, 2007
(San Francisco) - University of San Francisco head women's basketball coach Tanya Haave announced a pair of East Bay natives - DePaul transfer Alexis Musante (Oakland) and Skyline High School Star Donnisha Taylor (Oakland) - will compete for USF next season. The pair is the final piece of the Dons highly regarded eight-member recruiting class - the first for Haave.
"These final two additions to our class address two glaring needs: 3-point shooting and rebounding. Donnisha's versatility and Alexis' shooting ability will help us as we continue to build our program," Haave said.
Musante, a 5-7 shooting guard, spent one season at DePaul and will have two seasons of eligibility at USF. A two-time All-Big East Academic honors selection, Musante played in eight games for the Blue Demons, including an NCAA Tournament game against Liberty in 2006. A two-time letter-winner at Bishop O'Dowd High School, Musante averaged 9.0 points and 8.0 rebounds as a junior before missing her senior campaign with a knee injury.
"Alexis joined us for the Spring semester. She has an outstanding work ethic and is a pure shooter. She is going to be a really good fit for what we have and we are excited to have her on the team," Haave said.
A versatile 5-10 power forward, Taylor is a relentless rebounder with tremendous potential. The MVP of the 2007 East Bay Classic All-Star game after scoring 18 points to go along with 19 rebounds, Taylor was a three-time Oakland Athletic League selection. Taylor averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior at Skyline and was twice named Oakland Tribune Athlete of the Week and captured all-tournament honors at the Newark Memorial Lady Cougar Classic.
"Donnisha is a remarkable, raw talent," Haave said. "She is a tremendous person and has a quiet confidence about her. She is going to be a great rebounder and a great defender in our program. I think she will develop into a great scorer before her career is done."
Haave is excited about what Musante and Taylor adds to the team and looks forward to the arrival of the entire 2007-08 class.
"All recruiting classes look good on paper, but I truly believe this one will not disappoint. We have addressed our needs with this class. We have players coming in who will contribute right away and make an impact on the team and in the West Coast Conference," Haave said.