May 1, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's basketball team added one of the Big XII's top freshmen in TCU guard Kamy Cole and Morgan Bolton, who led Duncanville to its first of back-to-back state championships as a senior in 2012, adding a pair of transfers to its C-USA regular-season championship roster, head coach Rhonda Rompola announced today.
In addition to two-time state champion and the 2013 Texas state tournament MVP Kiara Perry, the Mustangs picked up Cole, who was third at TCU with 9.8 points per game as a freshman last season, and Morgan Bolton, who played in 24 games as a freshman at Arkansas-Little Rock after being named to the 5A Texas All-Tournament team in 2012.
Cole scored 22 points against Charlotte, becoming the first freshman to lead TCU in scoring in a season-opener since 2003 and the first to score at least 20 in a debut since 2001. She started 22 games and played in all 30 for the rival Horned Frogs during her first collegiate season, finishing second on the team with 57 made 3's. With 9.8 points per game ranked fourth among freshmen in the Big XII last season, and she was second among freshmen in the league with a team-high 51 steals.
The guard, whose sister Kenzie also played for the Mustangs, reached double figures 14 times, including nine times against Big XII opponents, and scored a season-high 23 points against TAMU-Corpus Christi. Cole averaged 25.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as a senior at Brock High School, and was a three-time state tournament MVP, winning the 2A state championship all four seasons. She was named a Texas McDonald's All-American and TABC 2A Player of the Year as a senior, as well.
Bolton shot 32.4 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from behind the arc during her freshman campaign at UALR. As a senior at Duncanville, she averaged 11.5 points per game with 3.0 assists, rebounds and steals per game. During her career at Duncanville, which included playing time with SMU senior Akil Simpson and Perry, who signed with SMU in the fall, the Pantherettes compiled a 71-8 record. She was also a McDonald's All-America nominee and graduated in the top 10 percent of her high school class.
The Mustangs, who lost just one senior from the 2012-13 championship squad, went 21-10 and advanced to the WNIT, earning the 12th postseason appearance during Rompola's 22 seasons as head coach. SMU also went on a 10-game win streak, including nine C-USA games, winning at least 10 straight for just the second time in program history.