June 1, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. – Guard Melissa Sweat (Bakersfield, Calif.) has joined the Ole Miss women’s basketball team, first-year head coach Adrian Wiggins announced today.
Sweat, a 5-10 junior who played basketball for San Diego State from 2010-12, will sit out the 2012-13 year per NCAA transfer rules. She will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013-14.
“We are thrilled to have Melissa joining us at Ole Miss,” Wiggins said. “She is a very strong, versatile guard that will be able to compete well in the SEC. Coach Brett Frank and I have been able to follow her progress and development throughout high school and know she will make an impact here as we build this program.”
During her sophomore season with the Aztecs, Sweat played in 27 games and made seven starts. She averaged 3.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 11.9 minutes per game while scoring a career-high 14 points on two occasions.
As a freshman in 2010-11, Sweat played in 29 contests and made three starts. She ended the season averaging 3.9 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.
Sweat, who played high school basketball at Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, Calif., was the 70th-best overall recruit coming out of high school in 2010 and the 20th-best guard according to ESPN HoopGurlz.
Sweat will join three other Ole Miss newcomers for 2012-13 including forward Sha’Kayla Caples (Trinity Valley Community College/Vicksburg, Miss.), guard Brandy Broome (Natchitoches, La./Pensacola (Fla.) State College) and point guard Diara Moore (Cedar Hill, Texas/Independence (Kan.) Community College/University of Kansas).