Alexander adds Lafayette County standout to Northeast Lady Tiger recruiting class

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College women’s basketball coach Brian Alexander continues to build a North Division contender with his first signing class.

Alexander added Lafayette County’s Nikki McChristian to the Lady Tigers 2011-12recruiting class during a ceremony held in the media room on the second floor of the Haney Union on Tuesday, June 21.

“I am excited to announce the signing of Nikki McChristian into the Lady Tiger basketball program,” Alexander said. “She is an athletic power forward that played for Coach Amy Sutton at Lafayette County High School.”

McChristian joins five others in the Lady Tigers signing class as Katie Garvin of Kossuth, India Howard and Shunquest Howell both of Ripley, Krystal Jackson of New Site and Kebrina Lucas of New Albany all have agreed to join the Lady Tigers for the 2011-12 season.

“We want to recruit student-athletes that are winners as people and those that are also proven winners on the court and Nikki fits all the criteria we were looking for with this sign,” Alexander said. “She is a great addition and will help bring excitement to Tiger Nation.”

During her final season at Lafayette County, McChristian helped lead the Lady Commodores to a 25-6 mark and a 9-1 record at home while carrying LafayetteCounty to the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State Tournament in Jackson.

McChristian, a 5-7 power forward, led the Lady Commodores with 6.3 rebounds a game and averaged 11.3 points a contest – scoring 338 points her final season.

McChristian’s 11.3 points per game were second on the team while the Lafayette County senior knocked down 80 of her 111 attempts from the charity stripe during her final season.

McChristian came on strong against perennial power Ripley on January 29 where the Lafayette County senior tallied 13 of her 19 points in the first half to help lead the Lady Commodores to a 51-46 victory.

During her final season, McChristian also tallied 18 markers against Senatobia in a 72-38 win on January 14 and went for 17 points against North Tech High School from Missouri on December 22 in a 63-56 decision.

McChristian tallied double digits 23 times during her final season at Lafayette High School and pulled down 189 rebounds for the Lady Commodores including three double-doubles on the season against Bruce on November 30, 2010 (11 points, 11 rebounds), Forest Park High School (Ga.) on December 23 (15 points, 10 rebounds) and against Byhalia on January 7 (10 points, 11 rebounds).

During her junior year, McChristian helped lead Lafayette County to a 29-3 record and a perfect 12-0 mark in the division while averaging 8.3 points a game, six rebounds a contest to go along with 3.2 steals per outing.

When not on the hardwood, McChristian was a three-sport star for the Lady Commodores excelling in volleyball and track where she set a personal record of 82 feet, 11 inches in the discuss at the Class 4A North Half Meet on May 7.