HOUSTON, Texas -- Rice University women's basketball has signed Nicole Iademarco, a 6-1 guard/forward from Arizona State, head coach Tina Langley announced on Thursday. The wing will sit out the 2015-16 campaign in accordance with the NCAA transfer rules before stepping on the court as a sophomore in 2016-17.
"Nicole is a fantastic addition to our program." Rice head coach Tina Langley said. "She has experience playing multiple positions and knows how to score in a variety of ways. Her versatility and ability to shoot the ball will make her incredibly hard to guard. At Arizona State, she was given the opportunity to play at the highest level in an extremely successful program. She also played for two very competitive programs, both in high school and in AAU. Nicole knows what it takes to compete for championships, and will be instrumental in helping us take the next step at Rice University."
A native of The Woodlands, Texas, Iademarco was limited to seven games as a freshman at Arizona State after suffering a hand injury.
Iademarco had an illustrious high school career, twice being named first-team all-district and was the 2014 District MVP after averaging 19.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.4 steals per game as a senior. A knockdown perimeter shooter, Iademarco connected on 70 three-pointers her senior campaign and graduated as the school's career leader in made three-point field goals (117).
Iademarco earned first-team all-district recognition following a junior season in which she averaged 12.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.1 steals. That season the Highlanders went 28-8 and posted a perfect 12-0 mark in district play, eventually reaching the second round of the state playoffs.
In 95 varsity games, Iademarco averaged 10.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.5 steals per game while shooting 49 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line. During those four years, The Woodlands High School went 35-1 in district play and advanced to postseason three consecutive years.
In addition to being named a two-time, first-team all-district selection, Iademarco was also a 2014 McDonald's All-American nominee and a 2014 All-Greater Houston Team selection by the Houston Chronicle.