LUBBOCK, Texas (July 9, 2006) - Lubbock Christian University head women's basketball coach Steve Gomez has announced a pair of transfers joining the Lady Chaparrals basketball team. Lauren Sparks is a joining the Lady Chaps from Hutchinson Community College and Courtney Wilson is transferring from Houston Baptist University.
Sparks is a 5'6" point guard from Wollongong, Australia (pronounced wu-len-gong) that transfers to LCU from Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, Kansas), where she spent the past two seasons. She started in 35 games last season (appeared in 37) and averaged 6.2 points a game. Sparks led the team with 111 assists (3 per game average) and a 41.9% three-point percentage, hitting 31 of 74 three-point attempts. She ranked second on the squad in free throw percentage (77.6%). Hutchinson finished the season 31-6 last season and were NJCAA qualifiers.
As a freshman, Sparks appeared in 32 games and received 23 starts. She averaged 5.6 points a game and co-led the team with 86 assists and ranked third in steals with 41. Sparks combined numbers at Hutchinson included 5.9 points per game, 197 assists, 87 steals and a 40.5% (64/158) three point percentage in 69 games played. Playing under head coach John Ontjes, Hutchinson combined for a 55-14 record while Sparks was there.
Prior to attending Hutchinson, Sparks prepped at St. Mary's Star of the Sea in Australia and was a member of several youth national teams. She is a product of the Illawarra junior system and also competed with the New South Wales All-State team. Sparks was part of the 2005 champion team of the Australia U18 Nationals. Her sister, Fiona, is a member of Columbia College, which is an NAIA program in Columbia, Missouri.
Wilson comes to LCU as a sophomore. The 6'1" forward spent the past two years at Houston Baptist, but did not play last season. During the 2007-2008 season, the Lumberton, Texas native appeared in 23 games and ranked second on the team in free-throw shooting (70.6%). She averaged 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, playing with HBU's inaugural NCAA Div. I team. Defensively, Wilson provided 12 blocks and 16 steals. Wilson posted a career-high 10 points on two occasions and contributed a career-best eight rebounds on two additional occasions with the Huskies to highlight her freshman season.
Before arriving at HBU, Wilson was a product of Lumberton High School in the Beaumont vicinity of Texas. She was a two-time All-State member and District MVP at Lumberton. Wilson played for her father, Charles, at Lumberton, and was part of their state tournament team as a junior. She averaged 20 points and a nine rebounds a game as a senior.