June 3, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's basketball team and head coach Karen Barefoot announced the addition of West Virginia University transfer Jennie Simms to the program on Monday.
"Jennie is a dynamic player that brings excitement and tremendous talent to the floor," said Barefoot. "She is a strong, physical athlete, who is a versatile threat from anywhere on the court. Simms is widely recognized for being extremely aggressive on both ends of the floor. Accordingly, she is a phenomenal defender and rebounder, who can also attack the basket and shoot the three-pointer. Most importantly, Jennie is a vocal leader on the court, as she has immense passion for the game. Looking at the big picture and where we want to go, Jennie fits what we are doing at Old Dominion."
Simms, a 6-foot forward from Accokeek, Md. who attended high school at Riverdale Baptist, ranked as the No. 87 overall recruit in the country and No. 20 at her position by ESPNUHoopGurlz. She ranked as high as No. 51 by both The JumpOffPlus and Blue Star reports and was listed at No. 62 overall by All-Star Girl's Report coming out of high school. In addition, Simms played locally on Boo Williams' AAU teams and her father, Darrick, played basketball at the University of Virginia from 1985-88.
Earning first team all-conference honors by averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds per game her senior year, Simms led Riverdale Baptist to a 38-2 record and a No. 1 ranking in the East by USA Today. She had 19 points and 14 rebounds in the Crusaders' 63-59 victory over Dr. Phillips High of Orlando, Fla., in the ESPN National High School Invitational (NHSI) championship game. She was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and was on the NHSI All-Tournament Team.
At West Virginia last season, Simms averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in eight games. She had 11 points against LSU and South Carolina Upstate.
Simms will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules and joins Annika Holopainen, a transfer from the University of Portland, as additions to the Lady Monarchs basketball program eligible to compete in the 2014-15 season.