RUSTON - Louisiana Tech head coach Tyler Summitt announced Thursday that senior guard Kelia Shelton has earned a scholarship for the upcoming season.
"Kelia has made strides in many different areas on and off the court since our staff arrived in Ruston," Summitt said. "She has bought into our philosophy and has adapted to the changing culture. I am proud of Kelia. She has a chance to be a big part of our success this year."
Shelton was originally on scholarship at Tech after transferring from Clemson following her freshman campaign with the Tigers. However, she lost the scholarship after being dismissed from the team by former coach Teresa Weatherspoon in March of 2013.
The Rock Hill, South Carolina native was allowed to walk back on to the team last year, playing in the final five games of the season while averaging 14.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. She led Tech to a 4-1 record during that span.
As a sophomore at Tech, Shelton averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while scoring in double figures 14 times. She set the Western Athletic Conference single game scoring record with a 45-point performance in a road win over UTSA on Feb. 7, 2013, breaking a 22-year old record. The 45 points ranks No. 2 in Tech history.
Summitt also announced that freshman Tiffany Murdock will not return for the fall quarter after completing one session of summer school at LA Tech.
"As a staff, we sat down with Tiffany and all parties agreed that this wasn't the best fit for her," Summitt said. "Tiffany is going to pursue other options for her collegiate basketball career, and we certainly wish her the best of luck."