June 17, 2014
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF women's basketball team has added three rising juniors to its roster for the 2014-15 season, head coach Joi Williams announced Monday.
Kariel Hutt, of Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, Kan.), Erica Juarbe, of ASA College (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and Joslyn Massey, of Purdue, will join the Knights for this upcoming campaign.
The group will join freshmen Aliyah Gregory, Nyala Shuler and Ndeye "Fifi" Ndour when the Knights compete on the blacktop once again in the fall.
A native of Blue Springs, Mo., Hutt earned all-conference recognition last season and finished her career at JCCC as one of the program's all-time leading rebounders. She became the seventh player in team history to record more than 500 career points and 600 career rebounds after averaging 8.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore.
We are very excited about Kariel, Williams said. She will definitely help our presence in the paint. She is a physical player that has a great knack for rebounding. Kariel also has a great basketball IQ, so we are looking forward to having her come aboard.
Juarbe is a native of New York and was a regular starter for the Lady Avengers the past two seasons. She was an integral part of two teams that went on to win back-to-back Region XV and District C titles, and earned first round game wins at the NJCAA National Championships.
Her standout performance of 16 points and 15 rebounds against Monroe CC in this year's District C final helped ASA to their second district title in two years.
The first thing I noticed about Erica was her toughness, Williams said. She is a player who gives a great deal of effort every time she steps onto the floor. She is a very good rebounding guard and is also a good defensive player. Erica is a good all-around player and we're excited to help her improve once she's here.
A native of Detroit, Mich., Massey has suited up sparingly for Purdue for the last two seasons and will be forced to sit out of game action due to NCAA transfer rules. She appeared in the Boilermakers' 2013 NCAA Tournament first-round matchup against Liberty.
Although she'll have to sit out this year, we're excited about what Joslyn will bring every day to practice, Williams said. She will play a key role in making our players better. Joslyn can play the three or four position, is a good ball handler for her size, and is very good in transition.
Williams is set to serve her eighth season with the Knights, who return four starters, including All-Freshman selection Zykira Lewis.
It's a strong group. They will complement the players we already have, Williams said of the entire incoming class. One of the things we wanted to focus on this year was improving our depth. We're excited about the players that we've added. Hopefully with them and the nucleus that we have, we will be an exciting team to watch.
Johnson County Community College
Blue Springs South HS/Blue Springs, Mo.
- Started 31 of 32 games for Johnson County Community College in 2014, who finished the year ranked No. 2 in the final NJCAA D-II Poll and won its third-straight conference championship
- Averaged 8.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore, and improved during conference play with an average of 9 points and 12.5 rebounds per game
- Brought down 356 rebounds as a sophomore to rank No. 3 among JCCC's all-time single-season leaders
- Finished her time at JCCC with 647 rebounds, also ranking No. 3 among career leaders
- Averaged 8.4 points and 9.1 rebounds as a freshman starter in 2013 and paced the conference in field goal percentage, converting converted nearly 56 percent
- Selected to the 2014 Kansas Jayhawk Conference D-II First Team and NJCAA All-Region VI Second Team
- Seventh player in team history to record more than 500 career points and 600 career rebounds
- Three-year starter at Blue Spring South High School, earning All-Suburban Big Six Conference, All-District and All-Area accolades in 2010 and 2011
- Also competed as a high jumper for the Blue Spring South track and field team
Lincoln HS/Brooklyn, NY
- Two-year starter for ASA Avengers in New York, averaging 5.35 points and 5.6 rebounds per game
- A member of back-to-back Region XV and District C title teams
- Helped the Avengers to first-round wins at the NJCAA National Championships
- Started 11 of 18 games in 2014, averaging 5.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game
- Netted a season-high 16 points and 15 rebounds in a win at Monroe Community College
- Scored a career-high 18 points against CCRI in 2012-13 season
John Glenn HS/Detroit, Mich.
- Appeared in 13 games, averaging 2.6 minutes per appearance in 2013-14
- As a freshman, appeared in 10 contests, averaging 3.7 minutes per game
- Played in a pair of 2012-13 Big Ten Tournament games, taking the floor against Wisconsin and Michigan State, and picking up a pair of rebounds against the Spartans
- Logged four minutes of NCAA Tournament play in a first-round victory over Liberty in 2013
- Averaged 11 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field as a senior at John Glenn HS
- Helped lead her team to a 20-3 record as an all-area first team selection
- Ranked No. 19 at her position and No. 92 overall by HoopGurlz
- Achieved honor roll every year in high school
- Sister, Joyce played basketball at UMass before finishing her career at Detroit Mercy