Academy of Art's Rodericka Ware — the team's leader in points, assists and steals a season ago — becomes the eighth addition to the UAA women's basketball program this offseason.
Ware, a 5-foot-7 guard, averaged 17.8 points and 4.0 assists per game as a junior, garnering First Team All-Pacific West Conference honors for the San Francisco school. She led the PacWest with 2.7 steals per game, and averaged the league's third-most points, assists and 3-pointers per game (2.7). She has one season of eligibility remaining.
Ware, who is from Lakewood, Washington, tallied double figures in 23 of 27 games, including three 30-plus and nine 20-plus outings.
"She obviously has the experience and proven ability at this level, and she should thrive in our system with her dynamic scoring and defensive skills," UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said in a release. "Defensively, she has the potential to reach the elite standards our program has become known for."
Ware played two seasons at junior-college powerhouse Central Arizona College. She averaged 16.8 points per game as a sophomore in 2014-15.
Ware adds even more depth to a roster which lost six players to graduation and early departures. The additions now include five transfers, and three freshmen — two of which are locals, Nicole Pinckney of Chugiak and Tennae Voliva of East.