Women's Basketball Signs Two Standouts to National LOIs
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/18/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 18, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico's women's basketball team has signed two players to National Letters of Intent as announced today by head coach Don Flanagan.

The Lobos' fall signing class now includes two high school standouts in Emily Starks and Jourdan Erkskine (ERK-skin). Both have signed on to join the women's basketball program for the 2009-2010 season. UNM has now inked three players during the signing period after Caroline Durbin signed last week.

Starks is a 6-5 post player from Grand Junction, Colo. She is ranked as the 29th best post by ESPN and has an overall rating of 80 by ESPN HoopGurlz. Starks averaged 13 points and 7 rebounds per game as a junior at Grand Junction High School. This season, Starks has transferred to Highlands Ranch High School to finish her prep career.

"Emily is a long player and a very good defender," said Flanagan. "She needs to improve her shot but is an overall nice player. She just transferred to one of the top schools in Colorado and the change should be very beneficial to her. Working out in that environment will help her develop."

Erkskine joins the UNM program from Saginaw Heritage High School in Saginaw, Mich. She is listed as a 6-foot guard but has played every position during her prep career. Erkskine was recently named to the 2008-09 Mid-Michigan Prep News Preseason All-Area First Team. Last year, she was named to The Saginaw News' 2008 all-area girl's team and was a Class A first team selection. She was honorable mention All-State her sophomore season.

"Jourdan is a physical guard with a nice shot," said Flanagan. "She is a good defensive player with good overall skills. She is strong and athletic."

For more information about Lobo women's basketball visit the official athletic website of New Mexico, GoLobos.com.