By: Habtom Keleta-Asst. AD for Media Relations
GRAMBLING, La. | The Grambling State University women’s basketball team, led by head coach Freddie Murray, announced the additions of five student-athletes to the Grambling women’s basketball program.
Phylicia Allen (Newport News, Va.), Ireneshia Johnson (Houston, Texas), DeAndre’a Alexander (Arcadia, La.), Ikenya King (Atlanta, Ga.) and Donalyn Johnson (Houston, Texas) will join the black and gold for the 2020-2021 campaign.
“We are extremely excited to welcome these five exceptional young women to our Grambling family,” Murray said. “Phylicia, Ireneshia, DeAndre’a, Ikenya and Donalyn add toughness, size, speed and another layer of versatility to our roster. These young women have tremendous basketball backgrounds and are highly competitive on the court and in the classroom. Each member comes to our program with a strong belief and desire to be a part of the vision we have for the future of the Grambling State women’s basketball program.”
Phylicia Allen | 5’7″ | Point Guard | Saint Francis Univ. | Newport News, Va.
Coach Murray’s take: “Phylicia is an athletic fierce competitor with a great basketball IQ and great work ethic that brings much needed experience and leadership to our program. She is a multi-dimensional player that can score at all three levels as well as create opportunities for her teammates.”
Ireneshia Johnson | 6’0″ | Guard/Forward | Kilgore College | Houston, Texas
Coach Murray’s take: “Ireneshia is a very aggressive post that will bring an incredible amount of toughness to our program. She is an intense competitor that can rebound and score at all three levels. She is one of those pieces to the puzzle you need on your team.”
DeAndre’a Alexander | 6’2″ | Center/Forward | Louisiana Tech Univ. | Arcadia, La.
Coach Murray’s take: “DeAndre’a is a tough, physical post with a high motor that will add to our post position. Her experience along with the ability to score in the paint and rebound in traffic will be a great asset moving forward.”
Ikenya King | 6’3″ | Center | Douglass High School | Atlanta, Ga.
Coach Murray’s take: “Ikenya has a college body that has much-needed size in the low post for us. She is a solid rebounder and shot blocker. She will make an impact for us in rebounding on both ends of the floor and will be a great addition in helping anchor our team on the defensive end.”
Donalyn Johnson |6’0″ | Forward/Center | North Shore High School | Houston, Texas
Coach Murray’s take: “Donalyn is a hardworking student-athlete that brings an ultra-athletic presence to us at the forward/center position. She is a defensive player by nature and has a strong work ethic to rebound and make hustle plays on the court.”
Allen, Johnson, Alexander, King and Johnson join Kaci Chairs (5’9, G, New Orleans, La., Metairie Park Country Day HS) and Alia Denwiddie (5’8, G, Woodbridge, Virginia, Woodbridge HS) on the 2020-21 roster.