Seward County Community College sophomore All-American Tegan Cunningham signed an official National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) letter of intent on Wednesday with Oklahoma State University for the 2008-2009 year. Cunningham held a press conference in the All-American room on the campus of SCCC to announce her official decision where she would continue her academic and basketball career. Cunningham signs with the Cowgirls who are located in Stillwater, Okla., and competes in the Big 12 Conference.

Oklahoma State third year head coach Kurt Budke feels the signing of Cunningham is a tremendous accomplishment for the Cowgirl women’s basketball program.

“We are so excited,” Budke said. “This is obviously one of the top five junior college players in the country. She is someone who is going to come in and play immediately. With her scoring ability, we feel like she can come in and be a difference maker from day one.”

Cunningham, a 6-foot-1 standout from Doncaster, VC, Australia, was a Pre-Season First Team NJCAA All-American this year and is currently the leading scorer for the Lady Saints this season. Coming off a freshman season where she was named First Team NJCAA & WBCA All-American, Cunningham is averaging 21 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game this season.

Budke says the addition of Cunningham will fit perfectly into the Oklahoma State program, a program that looks to one of the top scoring teams in the nation.

“We are trying to pick up the pace up even more,” Budke said. “My goal every year is to be in the top 10 in the nation in scoring.”

“When you get a player like Tegan who can score from a bunch of different areas, she can play three different positions for us. She will be able to play the two, three or four and it gives us the opportunity to get out and run more and add another piece to the puzzle. When you bring in someone who can score 20 points on any given night like Tegan can that makes us just that much harder to guard.”

She will join an Oklahoma State University program that had the biggest turnaround in the NCAA in 2006-07. OSU completed last season with a 20-11 overall record and an 8-8 record in the Big 12 Conference. The previous season, the Cowgirls posted a 6-22 overall record (0-16 Big 12) during Budke and associate head coach, and former Lady Saints head coach, Jim Littell’s first season in Stillwater. In 2006-07, Oklahoma State made their first appearance at the NCAA Tournament since 1995-96.

Following the tremendous success Cunningham has accomplished at Seward County, the Oklahoma State coaching staff only believes things will continue to improve for the returning JUCO All-American.

“I think you are going to look up next year and she is going to have the opportunity to be the Newcomer of the Year in the Big 12 Conference because of her versatility,” Budke said.

Cunningham will also join former Lady Saint All-American Chontaye Walter, who is playing her sophomore season for Oklahoma State this year.