Jan. 7, 2014
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon announced this week that guard Kelia Shelton and forward Brandi Wingate have enrolled in classes for the winter quarter and are practicing with the Lady Techster basketball team.
Due to NCAA rules, both student-athletes will have to sit out this season but will be eligible to play for the Lady Techsters next fall.
Wingate, a 6-foot-1-inch red-shirt sophomore from Northwest Florida State Junior College, signed with the Lady Techsters in November of 2012 with the intention of playing this season. However, she was unable to complete the necessary academic requirements at Northwest Florida State in time to enroll at Tech in the fall thus forcing her to wait until the winter quarter. Per NCAA rules, mid-year enrollees are not eligible to play immediately.
The daughter of former Georgetown star and NBA veteran David Wingate, the Columbia, Maryland native chose Tech over more than 30 other Division I programs. She was ranked as the No. 2 strong forward (No. 12 player overall) in the country by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
Wingate is 100 percent healthy after suffering season-ending knee injuries on multiple occasions during her basketball career and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Shelton rejoins the Lady Techsters as a walk-on and will have one year of eligibility remaining. The 5-foot-8-inch guard averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds while seeing action in 23 games for Louisiana Tech last season.
The former Clemson Tigers signee was named the Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association last February after scoring a Western Athletic Conference single game record 45 points in a win over UTSA on Feb. 7 in San Antonio.
Both Wingate and Shelton are currently practicing with the Lady Techsters, who open up Conference USA play Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. against Southern Mississippi.