Audrisa Harrison and Khalisha Lee helped the Blinn College women's basketball team achieve the best season in the program's history last year. Now the two sophomores are embarking on their next journey.
Harrison, an NJCAA All-American, joined the Texas Tech University Lady Raiders basketball team while Lee signed with Angelo State University.
Coming off a season of rehabbing a torn ACL, Harrison was one of the most dominant players in the country as she helped the Buccaneers reach their second NJCAA national tournament in the program's 35 years. A redshirt sophomore out of Coldspring High School, a Class 3A program, Harrison was named a first-team All-American after a season in which she averaged 15.3 points per game and 10.8 assists.
"In three years I never thought she would end up a Big 12 signee," head coach Jeff Jenkins said. "We never thought she would have been a first-team All-American. She got the most out of her ability."
Harrison tore her ACL in the final days of her freshman year and was forced to sit out the 2011-12 season. She used that time to work with assistant coach Alexis Green to improve her game, resulting in five more points and four more rebounds per game over her freshman season.
"She worked that year and got better mentally and physically," Jenkins said. "And she became a better perimeter player that offseason."
Harrison totaled 879 career points and 596 rebounds, both of which put her third on the Buccaneers' all-time list for each category. Harrison pulled down 387 rebounds her sophomore season.
"She's one of the best rebounders I've ever seen," Jenkins said.
Lee spent two seasons with the Bucs before transferring to Angelo State. She played in 37 games over that period.
"She's very athletic – she's so fast, and she can jump," Jenkins said. "I'm very happy she signed with Angelo State. She should get a lot more playing time there."
Harrison and Lee were the third and fourth women's basketball players to sign off the 2012-13 team. Jazzmin Parker signed with Texas Southern University and Aarika Reyna signed with Southern Arkansas University.
Blinn finished last season ranked No. 8 in the nation after a 32-4 campaign, which included a trip to the NJCAA national tournament and a trip to the Elite 8.
September 13, 2013 Blinn women’s basketball duo signs with four-year programs
June 25, 2013 Blinn point guard signs with Southern Arkansas
June 4, 2013 Blinn’s Parker signs with Texas Southern
May 14, 2013 Blinn’s Harrison named Don Wilhelm Award winner
April 9, 2013 Blinn's Harrison named NJCAA All-American
March 27, 2013 Blinn’s Jenkins named Region XIV coach of the year
March 21, 2013 Buccaneers’ historic season ends in Elite Eight
March 19, 2013 Buccaneers advance to Elite Eight, 79-72
March 18, 2013 Buccaneers claim program's first national tournament victory
March 8, 2013 Blinn women advance to Region XIV finals
March 6, 2013 Blinn women advance to Region XIV semifinals
March 2, 2013 Top-ranked Trinity Valley edges No. 9 Blinn in OT, 94-88
February 27, 2013 Blinn sophomores capture 50th career win
February 23, 2013 Blinn women set new single-season wins record
February 20, 2013 Buccaneers tie program's single-season wins mark
February 16, 2013 Harrison, Adams lead Buccaneers past Angelina, 86-81
February 13, 2013 Blinn women climb to No. 9 in national poll
February 9, 2013 Buccaneers closing in on program wins record
February 2, 2013 10th-ranked Buccaneers extend win streak to seven games
January 30, 2013 No. 10 Buccaneers outrun Fillies, 91-62
January 26, 2013 Twelve Bucs score in 85-54 win over San Jacinto
January 23, 2013 Adams posts double-double, leads Blinn women to their 20th win
January 19, 2013 Defense propels Blinn women to overtime victory, 61-56
January 16, 2013 Adams, Buccaneers top Angelina in overtime
January 12, 2013 Reyna’s buzzer beater lifts Buccaneers past Panola
January 9, 2013 Trinity Valley hands Blinn its first loss of the season
January 7, 2013 Buccaneers complete perfect non-conference slate
January 5, 2013 Adams, unbeaten Buccaneers race past Tyler, 94-71
January 2, 2013 Harrison, Buccaneers kick off 2013 with 96-64 victory
December 15, 2012 Buccaneer women complete perfect fall semester
December 8, 2012 Bucs stay undefeated, top Paris in conference opener
December 5, 2012 Buccaneers perfect headed into conference play
December 3, 2012 Bucs improve to10-0 with win over Southwest Christian
December 1, 2012 Buccaneers remain undefeated with win over McLennan
November 29, 2012 Blinn’s Jenkins sets new record for coaching victories
November 29, 2012 Buccaneers ranked 16th in latest NJCAA poll
November 27, 2012 Blinn coach ties program record for victories
November 20, 2012 Bucs top McLennan in 91-84 shootout
November 17, 2012 Buccaneers cruise past Northwood JV, 89-22
November 14, 2012 Bucs crack national polls, celebrate with a victory
November 10, 2012 Buccaneers cruise to home-opening victory
November 6, 2012 Balanced effort lifts Bucs past Lady Wranglers
November 5, 2012 Harrison paces Buccaneers in season-opening victory
October 31, 2012 Freshman class has Buccaneers primed for 2012-13 season
October 17, 2012 Blinn men picked third, women fourth in Region XIV preseason polls
August 30, 2012 Blinn forwards Dogins, Price sign with four-year programs