Women's basketball adds junior college guard

Joplin, Mo. – Missouri Southern women's basketball coach Maryann Mitts has announced the addition of junior college transfer Alexis Fitzpatrick to the 2013-14 Lions' squad.

Fitzpatrick, a 5-9 point guard from Cincinnati, Ohio, comes to Southern after a season at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa. She previously played a season at Cincinnati State CC and will be a junior in eligibility with two seasons remaining at Southern.

Last season at Kirkwood, Fitzpatrick was an All-Region selection and helped her team to a No. 7 national ranking in the junior college poll, finishing the season with a 28-5 overall record and earning a league title.

As a sophomore at KCC, Fitzpatrick averaged 9.7 points, 4.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game, while averaging 33 percent from beyond the arc and starting in all 33 games played.

Fitzpatrick prepped at Colerain High School in Cincinnati where she helped the Cardinals to a 14-7 record as a senior. She averaged 8.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 3.1 assists per game, while being named a first-team All-Conference performer. She holds the school record for assists.

She is the daughter of Erick Fitzpatrick and Deborah Ohl and will major in kinesiology at Southern.

"Alexis will be a physical presence at the point position," Mitts said. "Her ability to shoot the three point shot with accuracy will compliment well the athleticism of Tee Singleton. More impressive, is Alexis' assist to turnover ratio and her ability to get the ball to her teammates in positions for them to score. She is a competitor and someone who will make our program better immediately."