April 24, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Two more student athletes will join the Siena Women's Basketball program next season. Joella Gibson has returned her binding National Letter of Intent and Denisha Petty-Evans, who played her freshman year at George Mason last season, will transfer to Siena College this fall.
Gibson joins fellow incoming freshmen Emmanuella Edoka, Margot Hetzke and Kollyns Scarbrough who all signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period back in November. Per NCAA transfer regulations, Petty-Evans will have to sit out next year and will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2015-16 season.
A 5'6" point guard from New York City, Gibson averaged 14.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists in leading Murry Bergtraum to the PSAL AA Semifinals last season. She recently led the PSAL squad with 18 points in the New York City Mayor's Cup, a game in which Scarbrough earned MVP honors. Gibson, who played her AAU basketball for the New York Gauchos, was named to the New York Daily News list of the top-25 girls' basketball players to watch list in New York City.
"Joella is a great addition to our back court," said head coach Ali Jaques. "She brings a New York City toughness and great knowledge of the game. Having played at Murry Bergtraum, she comes from a winning tradition and understands what it takes."
Petty-Evans appeared in 29 games, making three starts last season at George Mason and averaged 1.9 points in 12.9 minutes. A 5'9" guard out of Bridgewater, N.J., Petty-Evans was given a Scouts grade of 88 out of high school and ranked as the 47th best player at her position in the Class of 2013. Petty-Evans averaged 20.4 points during her senior season at Bridgewater-Raritan High en route to being named a Second Team All-State selection by The Star-Ledger.
"Denisha was a player that caught my eye my first day on the road recruiting for Siena," noted Jaques. "She is a talented guard that can score in many ways. She will make an immediate impact on our program in practice next season and our fans will certainly enjoy watching her in the future."
Gibson and Petty-Evans join a Siena squad which returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team which posted a 9-22 overall record.