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Kona’s Hanato-Smith added to UH-Hilo women’s basektball roster

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University of Hawaii at Hilo Women’s Basketball Coach David Kaneshiro loaded up on guards for the 2011-12 season with the addition of Jameia McDuffie, Shannon Rousseau, Kirsten Shimizu and Thea Hanato-Smith to his roster.

“We are very excited that they will be a part of our program,” said Kaneshiro. “They are all very skilled guards, smart players, and tough competitors.

“In addition to their on-court success, they are also good students with strong character.”

McDuffie (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) is a transfer from Umpqua Community College (Roseburg, Ore.) where she played two years for coach Dave Stricklin. A second-team all-NWAACC South region selection, the 5-foot-2 guard averaged 13 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals per game. Umpqua finished the 2010-11 season with a 21-9 in the NWAACC.

Rousseau (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek) is a transfer from Otero Junior College (La Junta, Colo.) where she played two years for Coach Taylor Wagner. The 5-7 guard averaged 9 points, 2 assists and 3 rebounds per game. She shot 40-percent from 3-point range and 81-percent from the freethrow line. Otero finished the 2010-11 season with a 25-6 record and were the Region IX Championship runner-up.

Shimizu (Sacramento, Calif./Kennedy) is a transfer from American River College (Sacramento, Calif.) where she played 2 years for Coach J.R. Matsunami. A first-team all-Big 8 and CCCAA all-State selection and two-time all-Big 8 Academic team selection, the 5-foot guard averaged 17 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals per game. American River finished 18-10 in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) in 2010-11

Hanato-Smith (Kealakekua, Hawaii/Konawaena) played four years for Coach Bobbie Awa at Konawaena High School (Kealakekua, Hawaii). A 4-time all-conference selection, the 5-5 guard was part of three conference championship teams and two Hawaii High School Division I State Championships (2009 and 2011).

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