HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State women’s basketball team took another step towards building for the 2019-20 season, adding four more players to the Coach Ravon Justice’s squad.
The new additions add mainly to the frontcourt with three forwards – Maddie Batista (Winter Park, Fla.), Missy Archie (Huntsville, Texas) and Courtney Cleveland (Arlington, Texas) – along with guard Sydnee Kemp (Lee’s Summit, Mo.).
Maddie Batista • F/C • 6-4 • Winter Park, Fla. / Winter Park HS / Daytona State College
Batista comes to the Bearkats with three years of eligibility following a solid freshman campaign at Daytona State College. There she averaged 7.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while shooting 57.9 percent from the field for a team that finished 21-10 on the year.
She turned in eight games with double-digit scoring, while picking up 10 games with at least 10 boards. Batista had a season-high of 17 points against Miami Dade College and a season high of 15 rebounds vs DME.
Justice On Batista: “Madelyn is a very positive kid with high character. We are enthused about having Maddie join our program. She’s an athletic forward who will be able to cause a lot of mismatches with her size and athleticism. Maddie is a talented post player with a lot of upside to her.
Missy Archie • F • 5-10 • Huntsville, Texas / Huntsville HS / Blinn College
Archie returns to her hometown after two years at Blinn College, including a sophomore season that saw her play in 31 games and average 14.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
She was one of the most consistent scorers for the Buccaneers, reaching double figures in 24 games with a season high of 26 against both Victoria College and Bossier Parish CC.
As a freshman she played in 28 games, starting 20 with an average of 19.4 minutes per game. She hit 37.9 percent of her shots from the floor and averaged 4.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest.
While at Huntsville HS, she was named the team’s offensive MVP in both 2014-15 and 2015-16.
Justice On Archie: “Missy is a tough player who will work relentlessly for our program. Her greatest asset is her ability to play multiple positions as guard multiple positions. We are excited to have Missy join our program.”
Courtney Cleveland • F • 5-11 • Arlington, Texas / Arlington HS / Pratt CC
Cleveland averaged 13.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for Pratt CC in 2018-19 and went for a season-high 28 points late in the season against Northwest Kansas Technical College. Her season landed her on the All-Jayhawk Conference second team and second team All-Region VI.
She helped lead Pratt CC to a 20-11 record a year ago, one year after she helped Bacone College to a 16-13 record.
Justice On Cleveland: “Courtney is a player that is versatile and has a strong work ethic. She will be able to defend multiple positions and we are enthused to have Courtney join our program.”
Sydnee Kemp • G • 5-6 • Lee’s Summit, Mo. / Lee’s Summit West HS
Kemp was named to the Class 5A all-state team in Missouri for the second year in a row as a senior, becoming the first player from Lee’s Summit West HS to be named an all-state selection multiple times in her career.
A McDonald’s All-America nominee, she scored over 1,000 points in her prep career and led her squad to back-to-back conference championships and an Elite 8 appearance in the state playoffs.