Seward County Community College women’s basketball players Ilda Chambe and Wanya Brown signed National Collegiate Athletic Association letters of intent on Wednesday evening. Chambe signed with the University of Texas-El Paso and Brown signed with the University of Central Florida, both programs are NCAA Division I basketball programs that play in Conference USA. Today was the first official day that athletes could sign letters of intent with NCAA programs. Chambe and Brown held a press conference in the All-American Room on campus at SCCC to announce their decisions on where they would continue their basketball careers.

Chambe, a 6-foot-2-inch sophomore center from Maputo, Mozambique, is the Lady Saints top returning player this season. Chambe was among the top rebounders in the Jayhawk West and NJCAA Region VI during her freshman season. She was a named Second Team Jayhawk West All-Conference last year. This season, Chambe has begun her sophomore campaign by averaging 8.0 rebounds, 5.5 points and 3.0 assists in the first two games of the season. Chambe chose UTEP over Hawaii, University of Missouri-Kansas City, New Mexico State and Oral Roberts.

Brown, a 6-foot-4-inch sophomore center from Albany, Georgia, is also returning for her sophomore season with the Lady Saints. Brown played sparingly as a freshman while totaling nine blocks during 2005-2006. In two games this year, Brown is averaging 11.2 minutes played and has totaled five rebounds, two points and two assists for SCCC. Brown was also being recruited by Georgia State, Townsend and Hawaii.

The UTEP women’s basketball is where two former Lady Saints (Marta Dydek and Vaida Zagurskyte’) ended their collegiate careers and were coached by current UTEP head coach Keitha Adams. UTEP is a combined 26-32 over the past two seasons and were picked No. 10 in the Pre-Season C-USA coaches poll.

Central Florida has completed their first season in C-USA after making the transition from playing the NCAA Division I Sun Atlantic Conference. Central Florida won three consecutive Atlantic Sun Conferences from 2002-2005, and last season marked a 7-21 overall record in their first season in C-USA. Central Florida was tabbed No. 11 in the Pre-Season C-USA poll.

The Lady Saints basketball program has historically been one of the most successful junior college basketball programs in the nation. Racking up wins and producing successful student-athletes has been what Lady Saints basketball has been about over the past 15 years. SCCC has developed 37 NCAA division I basketball players since 1993.