FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University head women's basketball coach Karl Smesko has announced that Randa Payne (Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield St. Peter's HS) will join the Eagle program for the 2013-14 academic year.
“Randa is a very good shooter and an aggressive offensive player,” said Smesko. “She’s going to help provide depth for us at the guard position.”
Payne, who owns the Lady Spartan basketball individual career record for scoring with 1,779 points, led St. Peter’s to a 74-21 record and a District Championship (2010-11) in her prep career. The 2012 District 6 Player of the Year and two-time second team All-Ohio selection, made 215 three-point field goals in her career and set the single season scoring average record for the program after averaging 22.7 points as a senior. The sharpshooter, who led the Lady Spartans to the State Final Four as a junior (2011-12), eclipsed the 40-point mark twice in high school, scoring 42 points against Buckeye Central as a junior and a program-best 48 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field and 7-of-12 from behind the arch against Plymouth during her senior season.
Payne, a 5-9 guard, is the fourth addition to the 2013-14 FGCU roster. She joins transfer Hannah Douglas (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights/Butler), formerly of Butler University, and freshmen Morgan Blumer (Milton, Wisc./Milton HS) and Haley Laughter (Asheville, N.C./Carolina Day School) who both signed National Letters of Intent.
Last season, FGCU became the first school to go undefeated in A-Sun play in back-to-back seasons, finished the season with the most victories (27) of the 13 Division I institutions in the state of Florida and captured the program’s third consecutive A-Sun Regular Season crown (fourth in the last five years). FGCU also secured the ninth-straight 21+ win in program history and participated in their sixth consecutive Division I postseason tournament (WNIT). Leading the nation and the Atlantic Sun in three-point field goals per game (9.4), for the second year in a row, the FGCU women’s basketball team ranked in the top 40 in the country in 13 different statistical categories in the final NCAA rankings.