Women's Basketball - Thu, Jan. 20, 2005
CHICAGO -- Clarise Jones, a sophomore guard at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., has transferred to Saint Xavier University in Chicago to continue both her academic and athletic career as a member of the Cougar women's basketball program. Prior to playing one season at SIU, Jones was a standout guard at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, Ill., where she was named a Street & Smith All-American as well as being among the Chicago Tribune's top 50 players to watch.

"Any time you land a recruit from a (NCAA) Division I program, you have high expectations," said Saint Xavier University head women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg. "Clarise is a powerful, athletic guard, who will give us a little bit of size and height where we were lacking at the guard/forward position."

Jones played in 25 of Southern Illinois' 27 games during the 2003-04 season averaging 3.4 points and 0.9 rebounds per game as a freshman. She was a GCAC Red All-Conference player at Regina Dominican under the direction of Bob Goldberg and is the second leading scorer in the school's history. Jones is the daughter of Andre Williams and Debra Smith-Williams of Chicago. She will be eligible to play for Saint Xavier University at the start of the 2005-06 season.