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June 11, 2009
Penn State Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington announced the addition of 6-2 transfer Mia Nickson (Ashburn, Va.) to the Lady Lion roster. Nickson, who will sit out the 2009-10 season due to NCAA transfer rules, will have three years of eligibility remaining when she begins competing for the Lady Lions in 2010-11.
"I am so thrilled to have Mia join our program," Washington said. "Her athleticism, defensive prowess, work ethic and versatility at the forward spot will definitely give us added depth in the post. In addition, she is a great person and will add so much to our team off the court and in the locker room."
"I had a relationship with coach Washington through my recruiting process out of high school and really believe that she will rebuild the (Lady Lion) program," Nickson said. "When I decided to transfer from Boston College, Penn State was the only place that I was looking at. I am really excited to see what we can do over my next three years (of eligibility). On the academic side, Penn State is very strong and that really drew me in."
Nickson played in 28 games for Boston College last season, averaging 1.6 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. She had a career-high seven points against Wake Forest on Jan. 15, 2009. She also had a solid outing against Virginia Tech with five points and a career-best seven rebounds.
At Notre Dame Academy, Nickson was a two-time first team All-Met selection in 2007 and 2008. The Ashburn, Va., native was also a Preseason All-American selection by The Sporting News heading into her senior season in 2008. She averaged 12.9 points per game as a senior and finished her career with more than 1,500 points. Nickson was a member of the Notre Dame Academy squad was ranked fourth in the ESPN High Elite 25 Girls Basketball Rankings in her senior season. She was the MVP of the Dell Curry Bojangles Shoot-out and the Flint Hill Top-Off Tournament in 2007.
Nickson joins a nationally-ranked recruiting class that includes Alex Bentley (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis), Nikki Greene (Diboll, Texas/Diboll), Gizelle Studevent (La Jolla, Calif./The Bishop's School) and Marisa Wolfe (Ford City, Pa./Ford City) who signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) in November.