For Immediate Release
May 14, 2018
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
LAWTON, Okla. – The Cameron University women’s basketball team announce the signing of a pair of Texas post players that will join the 2018 squad.
Western Texas College’s McKenna Spikes and Vista Ridge High School’s Julie Shalkowski have signed letters of intent to play for Aggie head coach Emma Andrews and the CU women’s basketball program.
Spikes is a 6-1 Vernon, Texas native who can play both the five and the four for Coach Andrews. As a sophomore at WTC, she started 20 games and averaged 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, while helping her team go 12-15. Spikes was also named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Dean’s List.
“We are very excited to add McKenna to our roster,” said Andrews. “She will bring needed experience and a competitive attitude to the team. We love her toughness both on and off the court.”
The campus, the coaching staff, and the opportunity to play just over an hour away from her home town were just a few reasons Spikes choose to sign with the Aggies.
“I chose to sign with Cameron because I really liked the school, coaching staff, and the closeness to home,” answered Spikes when asked about her decision to come to Lawton.
Shalkowski, a 6-3 center/power forward from Cedar Park, Texas, was a second team All-District performer in the Texas 25-6A district as a senior. She led the district with 1.7 blocks per game, was sixth in rebounding at 4.6 per contest, and ranked top-20 in total field goals and points. She provides some much needed length for the Aggies on both sides of the court.
“Julie is a young, long post player with a lot of potential. For her size, she has great touch around the rim and can step out and hit from 15 feet. Julie’s work ethic and commitment to the game has us very excited about the impact that she will have for us on both ends of the court.”
Cameron is going to have a noticeably taller presence come next season. Joining Spikes and Shalkowski will be former CU standout and All-LSC performer Savanna James, who returns after taking a year off from collegiate basketball. James, a 6-4 post player from Wasilla, Alaska, averaged 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds as a junior, while shooting 56.9 percent from the field and 43.9 percent from three point land.
Also joining the Aggies next fall will be early signees Maighan Hedge and Whitney Outon. Hedge is a 5-7 floor general from Melbourne, Australia with a high basketball IQ, while Outon is a 6-0 forward from Moore, Okla., who can stretch the floor by playing both inside and outside.
Look for the new look Aggie women’s basketball team when they debut in the fall at Cameron’s annual first look at the CU basketball programs, Aggie Madness.