“Kennedy comes from an extremely successful junior college program that won an NJCAA National Tournament last season,” McCormick said. “She has played at a very high level and learned what it takes to win. There is no substitute for that type of experience.”
Rushin, a 6-6 center from Stockbridge, Ga., comes to Western Carolina from Gulf Coast State Community College where she spent two years. In her sophomore campaign at Gulf Coast, Rushin played in 11 games shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free throw line.
“With her size, she gives another dimension to our team,” McCormick admitted. “Once she understands our philosophy and offensive and defensive systems she becomes a force for other teams to have to make adjustments and game plan for.”
She initially signed with Louisiana Tech prior to attending Gulf Coast State Community College when she graduated from Benjamin E. Mays High School. As a senior, she helped the team to the finals of the AAAAA state play-offs falling 65-56 to Stephenson High School. She led the program to the state playoffs as a junior helping the team finish third in the region.
“Kennedy has already bought into a “Championship Mentality” for WCU Women’s Basketball,” McCormick said. “On top of that, she is a strong student and great young lady. I look forward to witnessing what her future here will entail.”
Western Carolina did not have a senior class in the 2016-17 season and will return all of its players from last season including leading scorers junior Raziyah Farrington (10.3 points per game) and senior Sherae Bonner (10.1 points per game). Bonner also led the team in rebounds ripping down 8.8 rebounds per game.