RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Three women's basketball student athletes – high-school seniors Arta Krasniqi (Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) and Safiyyah Lee (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional) and junior college transfer Shana Owen (Philadelphia, Pa./George Washington Carver) – have signed national letters of intent to continue their careers at Felician University, Felician head coach Steve Fagan announced today.
Fagan also announced the signing of sophomore Kayla Diaz (Clifton, N.J./International), a transfer from Division-I New Jersey Institute of Technology, to an athletics financial aid agreement.
"These are four hard-working young women that can play multiple positions," said Fagan, entering his ninth year with the Golden Falcons. "They will solidify our rotation."
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and plays in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The Golden Falcons tied for sixth place in the CACC North Division standings in 2015-16.
Krasniqi, a 5-foot-11 guard, played for John F. Kennedy High of Bronx, N.Y., where she averaged 14.5 points and 5.9 rebounds as a senior. She is also a member of the New York Belles travel program. She is undecided on a major course of study. "Arta is a multi-position player with great court awareness and good shooting range," Fagan said.
Lee was a two-time Most Improved Player award winner for Eastern Regional of Voorhees. The 5-foot-10 guard/forward was also named the program's Unsung Hero and a Varsity Scholar-Athlete. She played travel basketball for the Philly Freedom Stars. Lee intends to major in mathematics education at Felician. "Safiyyah is a guard and small forward who has the ability to play inside-out," Fagan said. "She shows great toughness at both ends of the floor."
Owen is a 5-foot-6 point guard who comes to Felician after two seasons at Valley Forge Military College in Wayne, Pa. She averaged 15.7 points and 12.9 rebounds over her junior college career. Owen is a 2014 graduate of Carver High of Philadelphia. She expects to enroll in the biology department's pre-physical therapy program. "Shana is a pure point guard who has great offensive skills," Fagan said. "She can also be a lock-down defender. She had great success at the junior college level."
Diaz joins the Golden Falcons with three years of eligibility. She appeared in 21 of NJIT's 30 games last season, averaging 2.0 points in 9.5 minutes. Scholastically, she played for Eastside High of Paterson while attending International High. A 1,000 point scorer for the Ghosts, she was a four-time all-Passaic County selection and a 2015 North-South All-Star Game participant. The 5-foot-5 guard played her summer ball for the New Jersey Sparks. Diaz is undecided on a major. "Kayla is a fundamentally sound player with a very good basketball IQ," Fagan said. "She will play both guard spots for us."