May 29, 2014
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech head coach Tyler Summitt announced that former Marquette University guards Brooklyn Pumroy and Ashley Santos have signed financial aid agreements and will be enrolling at Tech and joining the Lady Techsters basketball program.
"Brooke and Ashley are both outstanding young ladies," Summitt said. "They are the type of student-athletes that can mesh well with our current players and help continue the culture change. Although they will have to sit out this year due to NCAA transfer rules, they will compete every day in practice making everyone around them better. They have played in the Big East and are battle-tested against UConn, Notre Dame and so many physical, talented teams. We are excited to have them as part of the Lady Techster Family."
Both Pumroy and Santos - who will each have two years of eligibility remaining - played for head coach Teri Mitchell at Marquette the past two seasons where they helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 22-11 mark this year and an appearance in the WNIT. Marquette posted impressive wins over Vanderbilt and DePaul during the regular season while also posting an 11-7 mark in Big East play.
Pumroy is a 5-foot-9-inch point guard who started all 33 games last year as a sophomore. The Fairborn, Ohio native averaged 9.1 points, 5.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds while also leading Marquette with 45 steals. She shot 36 percent from the field, 34-of-119 from the three-point line and 74 percent from the free throw line.
"Brooke is very driven and is always looking to get better in everything she does," Summitt said. "She can shoot the three, she can shoot the pull-up jumper and she can take it all the way to the rim. She has worked really hard in all three areas. She can break a press by herself. She ranked among the Big East leaders in assists per game. She is very unselfish, but she can score when needed. She is a real leader on the court."
As a true freshman, Pumroy started 30 games while averaging 7.5 points, 2.3 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game while ranking second on the team with 48 steals. She shot 36 percent from the field, 31-of-105 from the three-point line and 75 percent from the free throw line.
"I'm really excited to now be a member of the LA Tech family," said Pumroy, who prepped at Fairborn High School in Ohio. "I'm happy to be a part of such a great university and anxious to be surrounded with awesome people. I've heard many good things about LA Tech and their past successes, and am proud to say I'm apart of such a respected program.
"The staff is remarkable and very family-oriented, which I absolutely love. I'm very anxious to start my new journey as a Lady Techster. I feel very blessed to have this opportunity, and I will do my best to make the most of it."
Santos is a 5-foot-11-inch shooting guard. She saw action in all 33 games last year, making two starts, after suffering a preseason injury the prior season that forced her to miss her true freshman campaign. Santos averaged 3.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists while playing just 14 minutes per game in 2013-14 as she shot 28 percent from the field, 11-of-45 from the three-point line and 62 percent from the free throw line.
"Ashley is very goal oriented," Summitt said. "She has high expectations for herself. Ashley was heavily recruited out of high school and has an incredible amount of potential.
She has a solid mid-range jumper. She can play the point or the wing. Ashley prides herself on her defense and will be an excellent rebounder as a taller guard. She works hard and that is what we need."
The Geneva, Illinois native scored a career-high 12 points last year in a win over Milwaukee while totaling nine points in a 77-54 victory over Georgetown. Santos scored seven points in a two-point victory over Seton Hall and had eight points and five rebounds in a loss to Butler.
"I am extremely excited to be a part of Coach Summitt's vision for the women's basketball program, as well as establishing myself as a student at Louisiana Tech. I believe this is the perfect place to be, and it is an even greater blessing to start this new adventure with Brooklyn and my new teammates.
"I have no doubt that I can provide hard work and contribute constant effort to the program, and I am looking forward to being a part of the Lady Techster family. I am very familiar with the tradition and history of Louisiana Tech women's basketball program and am motivated to have history repeat itself."
Santos was a McDonald's All-American nominee and was ranked as the 89th best player in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz coming out of Geneva High School.