Jones, LA Tech Request Sixth Year

Feb. 18, 2011

RUSTON - Louisiana Tech guard Whitney Jones saw her first two years of college basketball cut short by unrelated injuries and the West Monroe native has announced that she is appealing to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for another year.

Jones has asked Louisiana Tech to file an Extension Request waiver on her behalf to the NCAA, which if approved, would grant her a sixth year of eligibility.

"I would like to have an opportunity to play another year," Jones said. "I'm excited about the success we've had as a program and the direction it is going. I want to continue to be a part of it. I'm looking forward to possibly playing another year with these returners and with the new players we have coming in for next year."

The former two-time Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year played in eight games in 2006-07 as a true freshman at Baylor before sustaining a stress fracture in her lower leg that prevented her from practicing even after transferring to LA Tech at the beginning of the winter quarter.

The following season, Jones started the first seven games for LA Tech and was averaging double figures before she sustained a fracture in her knee that required surgical repair, forcing her to miss the remainder of the season.

Jones has been injury-free the past three years, playing in 87 games while making 86 starts for the Lady Techsters. She became the 40th LA Tech player to score 1,000-plus career points earlier this season and already ranks in the Top 10 in career three-pointers made.

"I think it's a testament to Whitney Jones the competitor that she wants to come back next year and help us," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "Whitney is a great player, but she is even a better person. Unfortunately, her first two years of college basketball were cut short due to injury, and we hope that the NCAA will grant the waiver. She's been a big part of our success the past three years."



This season, Jones has helped guide the Lady Techsters to an 19-5 record, including an 11-0 start in Western Athletic Conference play, while averaging 10.8 points per game.

Jones earned her undergraduate degree in liberal arts in May of 2010 and has been taking post-baccalaureate classes including prerequisites for a master's in kinesiology.


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