Basketball

FROM STAFF AND SCHOOL REPORTS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University women's basketball program will have even more of a Mt. Carmel presence next year. Not only do the Hoosiers have Mt. Carmel's own Tyra Buss. Next year, they will add Wabash Valley College's Tyshee Towner to the mix.

IU head women's basketball coach Teri Moren announced the signing of Tyshee Towner on Wednesday.Towner will join the program in 2015-16 and will arrive in Bloomington after spending two seasons at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Ill.

"Tyshee is an excellent addition to our program," Moren said. "She is a strong guard who has the ability to defend multiple positions. Tyshee also is an explosive athlete who can get to the rim and finish. We are excited to be able to add an All-American to our roster who is going to help us raise our program."

Towner, a native of Aurora, Ill., earned First Team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-America honors for the 2014-15 season after averaging 17.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game for the Lady Warriors. She shot 46.4 percent from the field and 79.9 percent from the free throw line while also being named Great Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Region 24 Player of the Year.

A 5-9 guard, Towner led Wabash Valley to a victory in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament last season as the Lady Warriors finished the year with 28-7 record.

"The Wabash Valley family is excited for Tyshee to attend IU," Wabash Valley College head women's basketball coach Zach Loll said. "Coach Moren and her staff do an unbelievable job with their hard work and dedication to their student-athletes. Tyshee is an outstanding young lady that will become a fan favorite with her defensive tenacity. I don't think Tyshee has come close to reaching her potential and I am excited to follow her progress as a Hoosier."

Towner will be eligible to play for the Hoosiers next season. She will make the move to Bloomington after she completes her sophomore year at Wabash Valley this spring.

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