RENO, Nev. — Kate Kevorken and Tahnee Robinson will join the University of Nevada women’s basketball team beginning in 2009-2010, head coach Jane Albright announced Wednesday.
“We are elated at our spring recruiting class. Tahnee and Kate join Holly Jones, and we believe they will all help us get where we all want to go,” Albright said.
Kevorken is a 6-0 guard/forward who spent the last two seasons at the University of Northern Colorado where she was a two-time Big Sky All-Academic selection. She was UNC’s Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman after making 70 three-pointers, which was just two shy of the school single-season record and ranked in the top 10 in the Big Sky recordbooks. As a sophomore, she ranked in the top 15 in the conference in scoring (11.7 ppg), rebounding (5.7 rpg), free throw percentage (.816) and three-pointers made (56). In two seasons, Kevorken made 126 three-pointers, which ranks fifth all time at UNC.
A native of Westlake Village, Calif., Kevorken was a two-time all-league selection and three-time all-county honoree at Westlake High School. A National Honor Society member, she averaged 18.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in her high school career. She also was selected to attend the Adidas Top 10 Camp in Atlanta, Ga., and the Nike NBC Camp in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Kevorken will redshirt in 2009-10 due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Wolf Pack.
“Kate is an outstanding three-point shooter and scorer. She is an outstanding person and brings high energy to everything she participates in,” Albright said. “She will play small forward for us, and I believe she will create matchup problems for our opponents. During the year she is establishing residency here, she will learn our system and be ready to contribute greatly for her final two years.”
A 5-9 guard, Robinson led the nation in scoring with 29.8 points per game this year as a sophomore at Sheridan (Wyo.) College. A first-team NJCAA All-American, she led Sheridan to the Region IX championship with a stretch of games where she scored 32, 49, 29 and 20 points. Robinson also was the Wyoming Conference Player of the Year and averaged 17.8 points per game as a freshman.
Originally from Fort Washakie, Wyo., on the Wind River Reservation, Robinson was a four-time all-conference and all-state selection and a two-time Fremont Country Player of the Year at Lander Valley High School. As a senior, she was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Wyoming and won the Milward L. Simpson Award, which is given to the top female athlete in the state. A McDonald’s and Gatorade All-American, she led her team to a 25-5 record and the 3A state championship as a senior. As a junior, she turned in 28.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game while leading her team to conference and regional championships and a third-place finish at the state tournament. She was also an all-conference and all-state selection in volleyball.
Robinson will have two years of eligibility at Nevada starting this fall.
“Tahnee is one of the most talented basketball players I have ever seen play this game. She can score, rebound and pass at the highest level and makes everyone around her a better player” Albright said. “Not many players put up the numbers she has, and the fact that all teams wanted to shut her down to beat her team makes those numbers even more outstanding. She is a great fit here, and we are excited for all that she will immediately add to our team.”
Kevorken and Robinson join Holly Jones (Colts Neck, N.J.) in Nevada’s spring signing class.