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OU women sign scorer, floor general

The Herald Staff

The Ottawa University women’s basketball team has signed a facilitator and a scorer.

The Lady Braves added Haylie Anderson, of Clinton, Utah. She is a transfer from Laramie County Community College. Aleesha Cooks, of Warren, Mich., has also signed to play for Ottawa. She is a transfer from Wayne County Community College.

Anderson attended Clearfield High School and was the high school teammate of new Lady Brave Jill Thalman.

At Laramie County Community College, Anderson appeared 58 games. She averaged 12.8 points and 2.2 rebounds. Anderson was named to an all-tournament team and helped LCCC to a college state tournament. In her sophomore season, Anderson averaged 12.6 points. She shot 35.9% from the floor, 30.1% from behind the arc, and 80.8% from the free-throw line.

As a freshman, Anderson averaged 13 points. She lettered in basketball and track at Clearfield High School and helped lead the Falcons to three state tournaments and participated in a high school all-star game her senior year. Anderson was a three-time all-region and all-area First Team selection. She was also named three times to the Utah All-State Team.

Anderson plans to major in exercise science.

Crooks was the floor general for Wayne County Community College. Cooks averaged 3.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. She ranked 19th in the NJCAA in total assists (86).

“When things are meant to be and the energy is right, making decisions start to become easy,” Cooks said. “That's why I chose Ottawa. When making a decision on furthering my education and finding a new home athletically, Ottawa just felt right as a first pick. Due to the pandemic, from my perspective, recruitment seem to take a backseat. However, Ottawa made me feel very welcomed during this hard time from conversations with my coach to the academic advisor. This huge transition, moving from one part of the country to the other side, feels more exciting now.”

Cooks will be bring energy to the floor, she said.

“I love to communicate and make all my teammates feel welcomed, valued and well appreciated, especially playing the point guard position,” Cook said. “The two years I spent playing and being a captain at WCCCD molded me not only as a better basketball player but also as a better woman. I will be bringing that wisdom and my talent to Ottawa and plan on helping bring a championship to the institution with my teammates.”

Cooks plans to major in psychology.