Aug 15, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - The University of Missouri Women's Basketball program and Head Coach Robin Pingeton announced the addition of Tania Jackson to the 2013-14 Tiger squad on Thursday (August 15). Jackson will join the women's basketball program immediately with one year of eligibility remaining. Jackson will wear the number 15 for the Tigers.
A 6-foot-3 forward from Lawrence, Kan., Jackson comes to Mizzou after playing at the University of Kansas. Last year, Jackson played in 14 games for the Jayhawks, starting 10. She averaged 6.9 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per contest while shooting 35-percent from distance. In her sophomore season with the Jayhawks, Jackson played in 32 games and put up a personal best of 16 points in the team's season opener against Western Michigan. She averaged 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 42.9-percent from the field. Jackson also finished the season shooting 68-percent from the charity stripe.
"We are very excited to have Tania join our basketball family, head coach Robin Pingeton said. She is a very versatile player that will bring great experience to the court for us."
Jackson redshirted her freshman year at Kansas after suffering a knee injury her senior year in high school. She returned to the team in the 2010-11 season, appearing in every game but one. She averaged 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the field. In the final game of her redshirt freshman season, Jackson contributed a career-best 3 assists against Duquesne in the second round of the postseason WNIT.
Jackson is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First team honoree and was also named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll. At Mizzou, Jackson will work towards her Master's degree in personal finance.
Born in Denver, Colo., Jackson is the Daughter of Danny Hill and she has three siblings, Darius, Quinton and Amber. Jackson's father played collegiate basketball at Western Oklahoma while her uncle, Simmie Hill, played professionally in the ABA for the Spurs and L.A. Stars. He also played in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls.
With the start of the 2013-14 academic year, the Tigers will return to Columbia next week. Keep checking in to MUTigers.com for updates on Mizzou Women's Basketball as the team prepares for the upcoming season. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouWBB), Facebook (facebook.com/MizzouWBB) and Instagram (@MizzouWBB).