Taylor Signs with Abilene Christian

Taylor Signs with Abilene Christian

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ABILENE – Abilene Christian head women's basketball coach Julie Goodenough Wednesday announced the signing of Jasmin 'Jazz' Taylor to the Wildcats' 2018-19 roster.

Taylor joins a squad that lost only two seniors off last year's team which won 16 games and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Southland Conference Championship in its first year of postseason eligibility.

"I am thrilled for Jazz to join our Wildcat family and very excited to be her head coach," said Goodenough. "We have followed Jazz' career since her sophomore season of high school and have seen her grow into a court general and a consistent scoring threat.  

"She has a really good 3-point shot, excellent court vision, and is a vocal leader.  Her college playing experience will be an immediate asset to our team."

The 5-foot-8 inch Taylor previously attended Rice for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons before transferring to Collin County Community College, where she led the Cougars to a 26-5 record and 2018 NJTCAC Conference Championship. 

She also was named NJTCAC Newcomer of the Year after posting season averages of 9.6 points, 3.9 rebounds,  2.9 assists, and 1.8 steals per game through 31 starts. Taylor additionally shot 38.8 percent from the field and 80.2 from the free-throw line.

"Jasmin is a very good player, said Collin County head coach Jeff Allen, "but what makes her special is that she in an even better person."

Two of Taylor's best games were vs. Cisco and McLennan as she combined for 39 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and two steals, resulting in NJTCAC Player of the Week Honors on Jan. 29. 

Taylor redshirted her true freshman year with the Owls, and in 2016-17 she appeared in only six games. She comes to ACU with two full years of eligibility remaining.

Prior to Rice, Taylor played under head coach Cathy Self-Morgan at Duncanville High School and was part of a Pantherettes' squad that went 32-8 her senior season, while averaging 10 points, five assists and steals per game. 

Taylor was a four-year starter and cross country runner at Duncanville, where she was tabbed an Adidas All-American and nominated for McDonald's All-America. She also made the TGCA All-Star Team and was a First-Team All-District and Academic All-State selection.

ESPN ranked Taylor No. 100 overall for its Class of 2015 and 33rd among all point guards.