FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University women’s basketball head coach Kate Glusko has announced the addition of five new players for the 2012-13 campaign: 5-6 guard Camille Dash of Savannah, Ga., 5-8 guard Darnissa Gray of Itasca, Ill., 5-1 guard Erin Pinkett of Cambridge, Md., 5-10 forward-center Kim Roach of Columbia, and 5-4 guard Briana Robinson of Columbia.
Dash was a high school senior, while the other four players are transferring from NCAA Division I institutions: Gray from Winthrop University and Pinkett, Roach, and Robinson from USC Upstate.
Dash is a product of Jenkins High School, where she played for head coach James Burke. A three-time All-Region selection, she averaged 19.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.0 steals, and 2.8 assists per game as a senior. She was her region’s Player of the Year in 2012 and picked up All-Greater Savannah first-team honors as well.
Gray played two seasons with the Eagles in Rock Hill, averaging 1.9 ppg and 1.9 rpg in 21 games as a freshman and 0.3 ppg and 1.0 rpg in 24 contests this past season.
She is a graduate of St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Ill., where she finished as the program’s all-time leading scorer with more than 1,200 points. She earned All-State honors after averaging 11.3 ppg and 8.8 rpg as a senior.
Pinkett averaged 3.1 ppg and 0.9 rpg in 29 contests (6 starts) this past season for USC Upstate. She played the 2010-11 campaign at Cecil College in North East., Md., tallying 17.5 points, 4.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game while connecting on 40 percent of her three-point attempts and 83 percent of her free throw attempts. She was named to the 2011 All-Region second team.
Pinkett is a graduate of the Westtown School, where she played for coach Carrie Timmins.
Roach appeared in 26 games last year for Spartans, making four starts, and averaged 3.8 ppg and 2.3 rpg. As a freshman, she registered 5.9 ppg and 3.2 rpg in 27 games.
She is a product of A.C. Flora High School, where she played under the direction of coach Patti Moore. She twice earned All-State recognition and was a three-time All-Region honoree. She averaged 17.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.9 steals per game as a senior and was selected to play in the Carolinas All-Star Classic. She was named one of the SCBCA Top 5 Seniors in 2010 and ended her prep career with more than 1,000 points.
Robinson, in her one season at USC Upstate, was the team’s second-leading scorer at 7.2 ppg and also tallied 2.0 rpg and 1.8 apg.
Robinson is a graduate of Spring Valley High School, where she played for legendary (and former Wilson High School) head coach Anne Long. Robinson helped lead the Vikings to the 2011 (29-0 record) and 2009 (27-1 record) AAAA state titles. She was named the MVP of the 2009 state title game.
She averaged 9.8 points, 3.2 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game as a senior en route to her selection for the 2011 Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic. She concluded her prep career with more than 1,000 points.
“We feel that this group dramatically upgrades our backcourt,” said Glusko. “Camille will play both guard spots for us. She is very versatile and can score in a variety of ways. She has the potential to make an impact as a scorer during her freshman year.
“The addition of Darnissa (or Dee) to our squad will give us a more physical presence in the backcourt. She has good size and strength and is a slasher who can get to the rim. She will also add maturity and brings to the table good leadership skills.
“Erin is a No.2 guard who can stretch the defense with her outside shooting, including from beyond the three-point arc. She may also see some time at the point guard position.
“Kim is a solid post player with great inside moves. She has good hands and feet for a post player, can step out and hit the mid-range jumper, and should make an immediate impact on the inside for our squad.
“Brianna comes off a successful year at the Division 1 level and from a very successful high school program at Spring Valley, so she knows what it takes to win. She is a true point guard, is very athletic, and very quick. She can shoot the three, but also has the ability to drive to the hoop.”
Francis Marion posted a 9-17 mark in 2011-12.
Glusko previously announced the signing of signing of 5-3 point guard DeAsia Toney of Meridianville, Ala., during the 2011 early signing period.