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Women’s basketball: Three sign with Mean Green

The North Texas women’s basketball team added three high school signees during the early period this week, including two ranked among the top 40 players in the state, head coach Mike Petersen announced Thursday.

The Mean Green added Richardson Berkner point guard Jaileen Thomas, Frisco Liberty forward Bria Frierson and Stroud, Okla., forward Megan Womack.

Thomas and Frierson are ranked 21st and 39th, respectively, in Premier Basketball Report’s rankings of the top players in Texas.

“We are happy with this group,” Petersen said. “It addressed some specific needs with regards to signing a point guard. We are going to lose a point guard after this year in Laura McCoy, and we always want to have two on our roster. With Candice [Adams] and Jaileen, we will have two young points moving forward.”

Thomas led the Dallas-Fort Worth area in scoring last season with an average of 26.3 points per game. The 5-foot-6 senior was the MVP of District 9-5A as a junior and is a three-time first-team All-District selection.

“She is a point guard that can really score,” Petersen said. “She’s a very good three-point shooter that can play downhill and get into the lane to score or distribute the ball. We are excited about her ability to play at the tempo that we like. She’s got a really nice point guard skill set that we think can help us in the future.”

Frierson, a 6-foot forward, was the Defensive MVP of District 9-4A as a sophomore and was a first-team All-District 9-4A selection as a junior last season, when she also earned all-region honors.

“In Bria, we have a great athlete that plays unbelievably hard,” Petersen said. “She possesses great position versatility, and she can also guard a lot of different positions. She can score from 17 feet, and, in addition to her range, she has a great face-up game that allows her to attack the rim off of the dribble.”

Womack, a 6-3 forward, was an all-conference selection her sophomore and junior year.

“She is a very strong and physical interior player that can play the four or the five for us,” Petersen said. “She is a great rebounder and defender, and she can score around the rim extremely well. On top of that, she can hit a jumper for you. She has a tremendous work ethic and a high motor, and will play really hard all the time.”

Petersen was happy with his early signing class as a whole and was also pleased that he landed two players from the Dallas area.

“We wanted to add a couple of good athletes that can play on the interior and with Bria and Megan, we did just that,” Petersen said. “We also like the fact that we signed a couple of Dallas-Fort Worth kids, and we know this is an area with great players and great talent. Therefore, we want to be heavily involved in this area and make sure they know North Texas is a first-choice option for them.”