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Gold Nuggets' 2013-14 recruiting class consists of six

Daylin Boatner

Daylin Boatner

Kaci Cason

Kaci Cason
     Vinnie Briggs

Vinnie Briggs

Kelsey Joseph

Kelsey Joseph
     Jasmine Bush

Jasmine Bush

Taylor Norman

Taylor Norman
     August 8, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — Coach Bo Browder on Thursday announced Xavier University of Louisiana's six-member women's basketball recruiting class. Newcomers signed to scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year were:
     •  Daylin Boatner, a 5-foot-10 forward from Baton Rouge, La., and Scotlandville Magnet High School.
     •  Vinnie Briggs, a 5-7 guard/forward from Roxie, Miss., Franklin County High School and Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
     •  Jasmine Bush, a 5-11 forward from Meridian, Miss., and Southeast Lauderdale High School.
     •  Kaci Cason, a 5-9 guard/forward from Florissant, Mo., McCluer North High School and State Fair Community College.
     •  Kelsey Joseph, a 5-4 guard from LaPlace, La., and Riverside Academy.
     •  Taylor Norman, a 5-9 guard/forward from Fremont, Calif., and Newark Memorial High School.
     Boatner, Bush, Joseph and Norman will be freshmen at Xavier. Cason will be a sophomore, and Briggs will be a junior. Four of the six will concentrate on science; Boatner and Cason will major in chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Briggs in biology/pre-medical and Bush in biology. Joseph will major in speech pathology, and Norman will major in mass communications.
     Boatner was a four-year varsity starter who averaged at least 10 points per game each year. She was chosen to the Baton Rouge Advocate's All-Metro team this past season after averaging 14.6 points and six rebounds and receiving two tournament MVP awards. Four times she scored 30 or more points, twice as a senior. She was all-district in basketball and volleyball as a freshman and sophomore.
     Briggs averaged 11.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, made 12-of-29 3-pointers and had two double-doubles this past season for Copiah-Lincoln, which finished 26-4 and won conference and state championships. She averaged 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds as a freshman. Briggs' high game was 31 points, which included 14-of-20 free throws. At Franklin County, Briggs averaged 14.6 points as a senior and 13.4 points as a junior.
     Bush averaged 13 points and 11.8 rebounds this past season for Southeast Lauderdale, which was 33-2 and won the Class 3A state championship. Bush was MVP of the 3A state final after collecting 21 points and eight rebounds. Her steal and two free throws with 11 seconds remaining in that game clinched the Lady Tigers' 63-59 victory against Charleston. Bush also was a straight-A student, a co-valedictorian and she earned honorable mention on the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's All-State team.
     Cason averaged 5.5 points for State Fair this past season and made a 3-pointer as time expired to win a first-round game in the NJCAA Region 16 tournament. Cason was first-team All-Suburban North Conference as a junior and senior at McCluer North and averaged 21.7 points — which ranked sixth in metro St. Louis — 8.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.2 steals her senior year. Her high game was 42 points.
     Joseph, a three-year varsity starter, was Class 2A All-State honorable mention, all-district and a Times-Picayune Small Schools All-New Orleans Area selection her senior year and helped Riverside earn the second playoff victory in the program's history. Her game highs included 26 points, eight assists and six steals. In November she became the school's first African-American homecoming queen.
     Norman averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals for Newark this past season and was voted team MVP. She was a four-year varsity starter and a three-time first-team all-league selection who averaged 12.3 points and 6.2 rebounds during her career.
     Xavier was 24-6 in 2012-13, won its third consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship and qualified for the NAIA Division I National Championship for the fourth consecutive year and the 17th time in 19 seasons. Xavier extended a school record with its 12th consecutive season of 20 or more victories and reached 20 victories for the 20th time in 21 seasons. The Gold Nuggets ranked 17th in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Postseason Poll and have been ranked in every top 25 dating to Jan. 25, 2010.


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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