St. Mary's Coakley to play basketball for Wake Forest

November 26, 1990

St. Mary's guard-forward Laura Coakley has signed a letter of intent to attend Wake Forest on a basketball scholarship, said St. Mary's coach Carmine Blades.

Coakley signed Wednesday, the day the early signing period ended.

Coakley, 6 feet, averaged 19.2 points and 9.2 rebounds in leading the Saints to a 23-6 record last season. She was a first-team All-Metro selection last season and was named by Street & Smith's magazine as one of the East Coast's top players this season. She also has been a first-team All-Metro soccer player the past two seasons.

"She always wanted to go to Wake since she was a sophomore,Blades said. "It's been her No. 1 choice. It's a small enough school for her. She didn't want to go to a large university, and it's a program where she can play."

Blades said Coakley also had considered Hofstra and Rice.

Coakley was the third area girls basketball player to sign early. Western's Dana Johnson, the area's most highly recruited player, signed with Tennessee, and Mount Hebron's Cescili Drake signed with UNC-Greensboro.

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