FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University women’s basketball coach Lee Buchanan has announced that during the recent early signing period the Patriots inked 6-1 forward Vaughn “Redd” Bowen of Westminster, S.C., to a national letter of intent.
Bowen is a senior at Seneca High School, where she plays under the direction of longtime head coach Amanda Holder.
During her junior year, she averaged 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.1 steals, 2.4 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game as Seneca posted a 27-1 mark and advanced to the AAA state championship game. The Bobcats lost a narrow 40-38 decision in that title contest. She connected on over 50 percent of her field goal attempts, including 52 percent of her three-point attempts, and 64 percent of her free throws. She also recorded 10 double-doubles.
She is a two-time All-Region selection, and this past year was named to the Anderson Independent All-Area Team.
During her three seasons on the Seneca squad, the Bobcats own an 81-5 record, including the 1999 AAA state championship, and have won three consecutive region titles.
Bowen is in the top 10 percent of her graduating class and was selected to Who’s Who Among American High School Students. She is involved with the SHS Student Government, Medical Explorers, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is a Peer Mediator – Arbitrator.
She has also lettered in volleyball and track.
“Vaughn will add size to our lineup and she is a good rebounder,” says Buchanan. “In addition, she can also step outside and shoot the three. She comes from an excellent high school program, and in the classroom, she is a great student.”
The Francis Marion squad is currently ranked 22nd nationally with a 6-3 record and lists four seniors on its 2001-02 roster.