Ricketts to join Wahine basketball team

Stephanie Ricketts, the winningest pitcher in UH softball history, will join the Rainbow Wahine basketball team this season.

As Hawaii News Now first reported, Ricketts is enrolled in the UH nursing school, which means she has one more year of athletic eligibility.  Since she played four years of softball, she could only use that remaining year in another sport.

"She's going to give me, this team, our staff, that winning attitude that is that intangible piece that will hopefully bring us some ballgames this year, some winning ballgames this year" said Wahine Basketball head coach Laura Beeman.

Beeman pointed to Ricketts winning attitude and athleticism as her strong points.

"She runs extremely well up and down the floor so she's going to make defenses pick her up in the full court.  The thing I like the best about her is her physicality.  She's not afraid to get hit, she's not afraid to hit."

UH Athletics stated that Ricketts becomes the first student athlete ever to play both softball and basketball at the school.

Ricketts will be with the team for their exhibition game against UH Hilo Friday night.

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