PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 1, 2014) – Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer has announced the arrivals of Cynthia Hernandez (Ventura, Calif.) and Natalie Parsons (Bountiful, Utah) to campus, joining the Rutgers women’s basketball program for the fall of 2014.
“We are so excited to be adding the skill set that both Natalie and Cynthia bring to the table,” said Stringer. “Anyone looking at our team this past season saw tremendous growth from start to finish. They also saw that there was one element missing from our team—representation from beyond the three-point line. Each of these young ladies will assist us in that area, in their own right and with great precision.”
“I could not be more proud of their willingness to sacrifice, work hard, and commit to what lies ahead of them,” added Stringer. “We are very fortunate to be adding these wonderful women to our Rutgers Family.”
Hernandez, a 5-7 guard, comes to Rutgers after being named an Honorable Mention WBCA All-American at Ventura College. During two years with the Pirates, Hernandez averaged 12.9 points per game and averaged 43.2 percent from three-point land. This past season as a sophomore, Hernandez led VC to its seventh state championship and 24th consecutive Western State Conference championship with a 32-3 overall record, averaging 17.1 points per game and shooting 46.7 percent (115-of-246) from beyond the arc. She reset the Ventura College record books in three-pointers made (115) and three-point shooting percentage (.467). Additionally, Hernandez was a Second Team California Community College Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and First Team Western State Conference selection. In her freshman campaign, Hernandez averaged 8.2 points per game and was named a Western State Conference First Team honoree.
Hernandez on Choosing Rutgers: “I chose RU because it is a great program and a great environment to be a part of. It felt more than a team, it was a family.”
Parsons, a 5-9 guard from Bountiful, Utah, joins the Scarlet Knight program from Salt Lake Community College, where she averaged 10.2 points per game and shot 35.5 percent from three-point range in her two seasons with the Lady Bruins program. As a sophomore last season, Parsons led SLCC at 12.1 points per game, leading the Lady Bruins in scoring in 10 games, and helped her squad to the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) co-championship, a Region 18 runner-up finish, the Sweet 16 of the NJCAA National Tournament and a 26-8 overall record. Additionally she went 77-of-214 from beyond the arc, shooting at a 36.0 percent clip. During her freshman season, Parsons averaged 9.1 points per game while knocking down 37.8 percent of her shots from three (48-of-127).
Parsons on Choosing Rutgers: “Rutgers not only had impressive academic credentials, but a winning basketball program. The team has been very welcoming.”
Hernandez and Parsons, who are both eligible to play with the Scarlet Knights beginning in the 2014-15 season, will both have two years of eligibility remaining.
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