For Immediate Release: November 16, 2005
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Women's basketball inks three players during early signing period

The Binghamton women's basketball team has announced the signing of three high school seniors, each of whom signed a National Letter of Intent as part of the NCAA's early signing period. They will join the Bearcats as freshmen next fall.

Erica Carter (Naperville, Ill.) is 5-10 shooting guard from Naperville Central High School. In her sophomore and junior seasons, she was named Class AA Third-Team All-State. Class AA is the highest class in the state of Illinois. With Carter at the shooting guard, Naperville has won two state titles.

In addition to being named all-state, Carter has been a Du Page Valley First-Team All-Conference selection as a freshman, sophomore and junior. The Du Page Valley Conference has also named her Academic All-Conference in each of her first three years.

Last season, Carter averaged 18.6 points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals per game. She scored her 1,000th career point on Feb. 23, 2005. The Chicago Sun Times has voted Carter one of the top 50 players in Chicago.

"Erica is a proven scorer," head coach Rich Conover said. "She has been a fixture in the Naperville Central lineup since her freshman year. She is an outstanding perimeter shooter that also has the ability to get to the basket. We are certain that Erica can have an immediate impact on our team."

Meredith "Muffy" Sadler (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is a 5-8 guard from Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School. She was named Class 4A third-team all-state her junior year. Class 4A is the highest class in the state of Iowa. In addition, she was also named first-team All-Mississippi Valley Conference, first-team All-Eastern Iowa District and first-team All-Cedar Rapids Metro Area.

Sadler averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 assists, five rebounds and four steals per game last season. She shot 41 percent from beyond the three-point arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. Cedar Rapids Kennedy advanced to the Regional Finals in 2005.

On the AAU level, Sadler has competed on several pretigious teams during her high school career. Most recently, she started for the Iowa Select Team, the most elite program in the state.

"Muffy is a very versatile player that can play both the point and off guard positions," Conover said. "She has great knowledge of the game and is a leader both on her high school and AAU teams. We are extremely excited to have Muffy bring her skill and love of the game to our program."

Darryll Peterson (Baltimore, Md.) is a 6-0 wing player from Bryn Mawr High School. As a junior, she averaged 10.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game. At the conclusion of the 2004-05 season, she was named second-team All-Baltimore City by the Baltimore Sun.

Peterson also played for the Baltimore Cougars AAU team.

"Darryll brings great size and athleticism to the wing position," head coach Rich Conover said. "She has a nice mix of skills that allow her to score both inside and outside. We feel very fortunate to have a player of Darryll's caliber joining us at Binghamton."

Binghamton opens up its 2004-05 season at Kansas on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST.


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