Texans land the nation’s 6th junior varsity player in Teresa Da Silva

STEPHENVILLE — Tarleton women’s basketball competes and officially wins battles against the national elite in the Division I recruiting scene.

This was confirmed on Monday with the latest addition to the program’s recruiting class of 2022.

The head coach Misty Wilson announced the signing of the No. 6 overall junior college player in the nation on the 2022-23 Texas roster — 5-8 guard Teresa Da Silva from Arizona Western Community College.

She is the highest-rated junior recruit the program has ever signed. Da Silva chose Tarleton over offers from several Power Five conferences and major programs, including Penn State, Mississippi State, Nevada and Utah State.

“A basketball player like Teresa can really elevate a program, and I’ll talk about that soon,” Wilson said. “However, early in the recruiting process with Teresa, it became apparent to us what an amazing person and teammate she was. Our conversations and the relationship we built with Teresa was something special and proved right from the start. style of play really fits our system. She’s a selfless team player who is as proud of her teammates’ success as she is of her own. She shares the ball consistently and defends at a high level. Her ability to scoring at all three levels makes her a complete player.”

“Teresa’s work ethic is what really sets her apart,” Wilson continued. “As good as she is now, she is determined to continue to improve as an individual while also ensuring the success of her team. Teresa is a special player who will have a profound impact on our program, and I can’t wait to train him.” the next two years as she continues to pursue the goals she has set for herself.”

Hailing from London, England, Da Silva will be a junior and will be two years old to play two seasons for Tarleton.

“It felt like home,” Da Silva said of his arrival at Tarleton. “I had an instant connection with the coaching staff and current players during my visit. They seemed genuine and went out of their way to make sure I knew what they were doing not only as coaches , but also as people I know I can count on I’m excited to go to war with the girls and other signers the coaches bring.

Da Silva led Arizona Western CC to a 57-7 overall record during his two-year tenure with the Lady Matadors.

She received an honorable mention NJCAA All-American at the end of the 2021-22 season after leading the Lady Matadors to a 30-3 overall mark, Region I and Western District championships and a quarterback appearance. finals at the NJCAA National Tournament.

Da Silva led Arizona Western CC in total points scored (393) and ranked second on the team in points per game (11.9) in the second season. She connected with a 36% 3-point clip and knocked down 56 shots from behind the arc. The best offensive performance of his junior college career came in the form of a 22-point effort in a win at Pima Community College on Nov. 27. Da Silva posted five 20-point games throughout 2021-22.

“Teresa is a special talent,” said the assistant coach Nic Cantrell. “She has the ability to change the trajectory of our program. ‘T’ scores from anywhere on the pitch, but one thing that sets her apart is her IQ and her passing ability. She’s a very motivated player and her goals align closely with the standards we have set in our program.”

She also projects herself as an elite defender. Da Silva led the Lady Matadors in total steals (60) and steals per game (1.8) to rank among the leaders in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC).

Da Silva averaged 9.5 points and a career-high 2.9 assists per outing in his first season at Yuma, helping the team qualify for the NJCAA Region I Tournament Championship. .

Before crossing overseas to Arizona, Da Silva spent the 2019-20 season at the state in northwest Florida.

Da Silva had the opportunity to compete collegially on the laurels of an outstanding preparation career in Britain. She prepared for Barking Abbey High School, played club basketball for the BA London Lions and was a member of the Great Britain U20 women’s national team. Da Silva filled the stat sheet on the high school scene, averaging 9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game as a high schooler in 2018-19. She scored four points per game and appeared in six competitions for Great Britain at the 2019 FIBA ​​B Division European Championships.

The addition of Da Silva swells Tarleton’s recruiting class of 2022 to four members. She is the third junior varsity player Tarleton has inked. The Texans previously released the signings of Arkansas State transfer forward Karolina Szydlowska and former South Plains College standout guard Viktoria Ivanova. Tarleton began building its 2022-23 backcourt with the addition of Frisco HS guard Jordan Wright.

The program plans to announce additional signings in the coming weeks.

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