NEW ORLEANS – Tulane women’s basketball head coach Lisa Stockton bolstered both the strength and depth of her 2017 recruiting class on Thursday when she signed 6-1 wing Natalia Rodriguez out of Aguimes, Gran Canaria. Rodriguez brings the incoming 2017 class to five signees, joining freshmen Kaila Anderson, Sierra Cheatham and Krystal Freeman and junior college transfer Tatyana Lofton.
“We are very excited to add Natalia to this year’s recruiting class,” Stockton explained. “She brings a lot of high level international experience. Natalia is a versatile player who is an accurate three-point shooter, an excellent passer, as well as a strong rebounder.”
Rodriguez brings plenty of international experience as she has progressed through the Spanish Youth National Teams. In fact, the guard has been a member on the Spanish U14, U15, U16 and U17 teams in both the European and World Championships, is the reigning MVP of the Spain U18 National Season, and most recently competed in the World Championships in Zaragoza, Spain this past year.
Rodriguez has also garnered a wealth of experience while competing with Gran Canaria in the Liga Femenina de Baloncesto (LFB), which is the first tier level women’s basketball league in Spain.
Heralded as a prolific three-point shooter, Rodriguez went 21-for-38 from beyond the arc when she led her C.B. Canary Islands team to their fourth consecutive Junior League Championship title, averaging nearly 30 points per game.
Rodriguez and the rest of the 2017 recruiting class will unite with Tulane’s nine returning players, which includes three-time All-American Athletic Conference honoree and top-30 scorer in the country Kolby Morgan.
The Green Wave are fresh off of their 12th straight winning season and eighth consecutive trip to the post-season, where they reached the third round of the WNIT for the second year in a row.