NCMC adds two transfers, St. Louis high school product, to recruiting class

The North Central Missouri College women’s basketball program has announced the addition of transfers from Neosho County (KS) Community College, Marshalltown (IA) Community College, and Lift for Life High School in St. Louis, as head coach Jenni Croy looks to reload a roster that finished in sixth place at the national D-2 tournament in Port Huron, Michigan in mid-March.

Point guard Taniya Tease has announced a transfer to NCMC, continuing a winding road at the collegiate level for the product of Edison Prep High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  In her freshman season, played during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 campaign, Tease was with Avila University in Kansas City, with honors that included Defensive Player of the Week honors from the KCAC from December 14-20, 2020.

Moving on to Neosho County for the 2021-2022 season, Tease had season highs of 15 points against the Ottawa JV on December 9th and 14 points against the Tabor JV on January 6th.  Traditionally, Tease has been viewed as a strong defensive player that can provide timely offense and ball movement to the offensive end.  At Tulsa’s Edison Prep from 2016-2019, Tease was a four-year starter and captain of the girls basketball team, averaging 10 points per game over her four seasons combined.

A guard from Ceres, Argentina who played the 2021-2022 season at Marshalltown Community College in Marshalltown, Iowa has announced a transfer to NCMC.  Ianara Morbidoni played in 29 of a possible 30 games last season, averaging 11.3 points per game with 31 percent shooting from the field and 67 percent from the free throw line.  She was the leading scorer for a Tiger team that struggled to a final record of 8-22 record, including a 96-55 loss at NCMC on November 6th that saw Morbidoni score a team-high 23 points, including 4 of 9 from the three-point line.

A 5’7″ small forward from Lift for Life Academy in St. Louis is the third recruit in the month of May for coach Croy, as Nateonia Russell inked with the Lady Pirates.  Russell averaged 12 points per game in her senior season, including 53 percent free throw shooting and 40 percent field goal percentage.  Russell will have the ability to play either the small forward or shooting guard positions at the collegiate level.