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Monday, September 26, 2011

Holmes commits to West Virginia

Hillhouse senior and former UConn recruiting target Bria Holmes committed to West Virginia on Monday, a day after she returned from her official visit to the school.

Holmes told the Register that she was leaning towards Rutgers before her visit to West Virginia.

"It feels like family there," Holmes said. "I liked the campus. I connected with the players and coaches as soon as I got there."

The 6-foot-1 Holmes averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists as a junior as she led the Academics to their third straight CIAC Class L title.

Holmes, who was in attendance at UConn's First Night festivities last October, had focused her attention in recent weeks and months to Rutgers and West Virginia.

"It was pretty close," Holmes said. "I weighed my options. After I learned more about each school, it came out to West Virginia."

West Virginia is coming off a 24-10 season but lost seven players to graduation including its top three scorers (Liz Repella, Madina Ali and Sarah Miles). The only senior on the Mountaineers is 6-foot-5 Australian Natalie Burton so the Mountaineers will return nearly their entire team by the time Holmes suits up at West Virginia.

West Virginia has received commitments from Lanay Montgomery, a 6-foot-5 center from Germantown, Md. and Jennie Simms, a 6-foot forward from Accokeek, Md.

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