Women’s Basketball: Owls add shooting and reinforces their backcourt with 2017 recruiting class

Incoming recruit Alexis Cowan shot 50 percent from beyond the arc this past season.


New women’s basketball head coach Jim Jabir speaks at his introductory press conference on April 6. Alexander Rodriguez | Contributing Photographer

Ryan Richman, Contributing Writer

In his first recruiting session since taking over as head coach of Florida Atlantic women’s basketball, Jim Jabir has reinforced his backcourt with shooters in his 2017 recruiting class.

The Owls have added guards Alexis Cowman, DaChe Williams, Myka Johnson Matthews, Fernanda Midaglia and Jamaria Williams along with forward Rhianna Laing. All six will look to make an impact in the upcoming 2017-2018 season.

DaChe Williams went on to join Northwestern in 2013 after high school, but played the 2016-17 season with Rutgers after transferring. Williams had a very successful high school career at Watkinson High School in Hartford, Connecticut, where she was on the varsity team every year and was a five-time All-New England and All-Conference selection and a four time state MVP winner.

Laing spent the past two seasons with Cowsley College in Arkansas City, Kansas, where she was the team’s top returning scorer prior to the 2016-2017 season while averaging 8.8 points per game and shooting over 45 percent from the field. Laing averaged 9.6 points per game and shot 33.9 percent from 3-point land this past season, as well as adding four rebounds and 1.9 steals per game.

Midaglia spent her past two seasons with College of Central Florida, where as a freshman she averaged 4.2 points per game and shot 80 percent from the free-throw line. In her sophomore season, Midaglia brought her points per game total up to 7.1 and helped the Patriots to their second consecutive FCSAA State District Women’s Basketball Tournament and a 9-6 conference record.

Myka Johnson Matthews played her past two seasons at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, starting 19 straight games in her freshman season en route to being named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team. In her sophomore season, she played in 33 games and started in 18 of them, shooting 52.6 percent from the field.

She helped lead the Hatters to a 26-7 record and an Atlantic Sun Championship Game appearance.

Williams spent the past two years with Miami-Dade College, where she played in 28 games and earned first team All-Southern Conference honors. She was the team’s leading scorer in league play with 16.8 points per game and averaged 12 points per game overall.

Williams also shot 46.6 percent from the field and shot 38.7 percent from the 3-point line.

Cowan spent her last two seasons at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri, she was named first team All-Conference and team MVP honors. She started and played in all 28 games and led the Roadrunners in points with 12.4 points per game.

She shot 48.7 percent from the floor and a team-best 50 percent from 3-point land.

Ryan Richman is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @rydogg_818.