Rice Women’s Basketball Welcomes Bennett, Ellig

Nov. 11, 2015

HOUSTON – Rice women’s basketball head coach Tina Langley announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Tayler Bennett (Long Beach, Calif./St. Anthony High School) and Kendall Ellig (Argyle, Texas/Liberty Christian School) are set to enroll in school and join the Owls in 2016-17.

“We are very excited to welcome Tayler Bennett and Kendall Ellig to Rice University and our basketball program,” Rice head coach Tina Langley said. “Tayler and Kendall are exceptional student-athletes. They are from wonderful families that have instilled the character and work ethic necessary to be successful at the highest level.”

“Tayler and Kendall are winners on and off the court. They both come from power high school and AAU programs, and understand what it takes to win championships. From a basketball standpoint, both are very skilled scorers that have the ability to play multiple positions, which is important for the style of play we intend to implement.”

Tayler Bennett – 5-9 – Guard

Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.
High School: St. Anthony High School (James Anderson)
AAU Team: Cal Sparks (Elbert Kennebrew)

About Bennett: Ranked as one of the top 75 shooting guards in the nation by All-Star Girls Report, Bennett averaged 13.4 points per game as a junior for head coach James Anderson at St. Anthony HS in Long Beach, Calif. A two-time All-Santa Cruz League selection, Bennett was named to the All-State Team in 2014-15 and was also the Santa Cruz League MVP. Last year Bennett also earned All-Del Rey League honors and is a two-time Press Telegram Dream Team selection. In 2014-15, Bennett was named to the Second Team All CIF and was a CIF Southern Section Champion for Character Award honoree. Bennett also played for the nationally respected Nike sponsored Cal Sparks AAU program and head coach Elbert Kennebrew.

Tina Langley on Bennett: “Tayler can score the ball with ease from deep and is equally dangerous defensively,” Langley said. “Her knowledge of the game, court vision, and leadership allows her to impact the game in a variety of ways. Tayler is a great all-around player and a coach on the floor.”

James Anderson on Bennett: “Tayler is an excellent player. Her greatest attribute is the fact that she doesn’t have just one position; she’s just a pure basketball player that’s able to do a number of things well, regardless of what’s asked of her. Tayler is a person who I admire and if my two daughters can become half the person she is, then I’ve done a great job of parenting.”

Elbert Kennebrew on Bennett: “Tayler is a can’t miss recruiting prospect because she can score from any place on the court and she is a high character person with a work ethic second to none. She’s extremely coachable, very smart, and has a complete basketball skill set. Tayler can score from midrange all the way out to the arc.”

Tayler Bennett on Rice: “At Rice I’ll have the education and resources I’ll need to be successful with my degree and I love the support the alumni shows towards the university. I was able to develop a great relationship with Coach Langley and the staff and see their vision for the program, and myself as a player. I’m excited for the style of play at Rice. Coach Langley has recruited and developed successful athletes and I know my game will rise to the next level with the training and development the entire staff will provide.”

Kendall Ellig – 6-1 – Forward

Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas
High School: Liberty Christian School (Ken Burroughs)
AAU Team: CyFair Premier (Chris Johnson)

About Ellig: Ellig is coming off a stellar 2014-15 campaign under head coach Ken Burroughs at Liberty Christian School leading the Warriors to a 39-2 record and a State Championship (TAPPS 6A-1). Ellig is ranked as one of the top 75 power forwards in the nation by All-Star Girls Report. During her junior season, Ellig averaged 13.0 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game. Ellig was an All-State and All-District selection in 2015 and has been a standout in jumps (triple jump, long jump, high jump) in track and field, winning the individual state title in the triple jump last season.

Tina Langley on Ellig: “Kendall can score facing up or with her back to the basket,” said Langley. “She is a natural athlete that can defend multiple positions, rebound, and help start our fast break. Kendall will bring hard work, skill, and competitiveness to our team.”

Ken Burroughs on Ellig: “Kendall is one of the hardest workers I’ve coached. Over the years her commitment to the game and work ethic has allowed her to transform herself into a multidimensional player. She is a joy to coach and is an awesome young lady. Rice is getting someone who will represent them well both on and off the court.”

Chris Johnson on Ellig: “Kendall is a versatile player who can play and defend multiple positions on the floor. She is a hard worker, great student, and an even better person.”

Kendall Ellig on Rice: “I decided to go to Rice because of a number of different reasons, but the main reason being that the coaching staff has the same values as I do. I really appreciate that they love their families, promote leadership and worship Jesus Christ. I feel like I will be in an environment where I’ll be challenged and encouraged at the same time.”

-RiceOwls.com-

 

 

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