April 24, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's basketball team announced the signing of 5-10 guard Michelle Cozad to transfer to the program, head coach Michelle Bento announced during the late signing period that began last Wednesday.
"We are very excited to get a quality player such as Michelle in the late signing period," Bento said. "She is a versatile player who has the ability to score and she will be a valuable asset to our team."
Cozad is a product of San Joaquin Delta College and attended Saint Mary's High School, both in Stockton. Last season, she averaged 20.7 points, the fourth best average in the state. She ranked second in free throw percentage (.827), field goal percentage (.450) and three-point field goal percentage (.350). Twice she was named the most valuable player of the Bay Valley Conference and earned first team All-State honors each season. As a freshman, Cozad received California State Final Four All-Tournament Team recognition.
Additionally, Cozad led Saint Mary's to the 2001 Division IV state championship title game.
Santa Clara finished its season last month with a 20-11 record, and advanced to the postseason for the sixth consecutive year. It closed the 2002-03 season by making its third Women's National Invitation Tournament appearance in the last four seasons.