Seasiders add three

Seasiders add three

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's basketball announced the signing of Valerie Nawahine, Taylor Jackson, and Maia Jean Watene for the 2015-16 season.

Nawahine, a senior guard from Laie, Hawaii, spent the last two seasons playing for the University of Utah and her freshman year at BYU in Provo, Utah. The 5-foot-9-inch Division I transfer lettered in basketball all four years of high school and also lettered in volleyball, softball, cross country, and track and field.

"[Nawahine] is an all-around guard who sees the floor, is a great shooter, and a fierce competitor," BYU-Hawaii head coach Craig Stanger said. "Her experience at the Pac12 level will provide us leadership and toughness as we prepare to compete at the top of our conference. We are thrilled that she has chosen to finish her collegiate career here at BYU-Hawaii."

Jackson is a transfer from Citrus College in Glendora, California. Standing 5-foot-6, the point guard averaged 9.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game during her sophomore season. She was selected to the All-Western State Conference South Division First Team in 2013-14 season. In high school she was chosen to the All Valle-Vista League First Team as a junior and senior, as well as the All-Area Second Team and All San Gabriel Valley Third Team her senior year.

"Taylor has excellent court vision, is quick and explosive, and a true team player," Stanger said. "She makes others around her better. She is also a solid defender and understands how to play the game. She will represent herself and BYU-Hawaii well. It is exciting for us to add her to the Seasider Ohana for the next two years."

Watene is a freshman from Auckland, New Zealand. Her high school team was ranked fifth in the Auckland Secondary Schools at the state level and 11th at the national level in 2014. The 5-foot-6-inch guard averaged 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 steal per game.

"Although a freshman, Maia brings great experience and tenacity to the guard position," Stanger said. "She is a skilled passer who sees the floor well and is versatile at playing a variety of positions. Her full court speed will help us in the transition and she is an active, aggressive rebounding guard. We look for Maia to be a solid contributor to the team for the next two seasons."

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