SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Head coach Faith Mimnaugh announced the signing of Taryn Garza to a National Letter of Intent to enroll at Cal Poly and compete in the sport of women's basketball this fall. She will have three years of eligibility left in basketball
Garza comes to Cal Poly as a transfer from Modesto College where she competed in track and field this past year and helped lead her team to a conference championship.
Prior to enrolling at Modesto College she competed in basketball at the University of Pacific during the 2010-11 season.
"We are so excited to have Taryn join our squad. When she played at Pacific, she gave whoever she guarded such difficulty trying to get free," said Mimnaugh. "She is a tireless worker, a great athlete, a defensive stopper, a tenacious rebounder and a committed student. She fits perfectly into our pressure defensive philosophy and up tempo offensive system."
Mimnaugh added, "We have added some very athletic players in this recruiting class that should allow us to play a bit more full court pressure than we were able to play last season. Garza loves to go! Fans will enjoy watching her wide array of athletic abilities on the court and on the track. Her athletic ability reminds me of former basketball and track stand out, Jessica Eggleston. I'm glad she's joining forces with us, because she was absolutely a nightmare to play against."
During her freshman campaign the 6-0 forward played in 30 contests and averaged 11.6 minutes per game. She made 46 percent of her shots from the floor and averaged 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. In her all-around game she picked up 10 blocks and 10 steals.
The 2010 Modesto Christian High School graduate finished her senior year as the Crusaders' leading rebounder with 8.7 boards per game. She averaged 13.8 points per game, while also tallying 2.3 blocks and 3.3 steals per game.
In conference action, Modesto Christian High School, finished with a perfect 10-0 record and went on to compile a final record of 28-5. Garza and the Crusaders were named Sac-Joaquin Section champions and moved into the Division IV California State tournament.
As a junior the Crusaders advanced to the state finals and compiled a 27-8 overall record and went undefeated in the Trans Valley League with a perfect 13-0 record. Garza led the team with 8.2 rebounds per game, while adding 11.9 points per game.
Garza was named First Team All-Trans Valley League and was given the Sportsmanship Award after the State Championship game.
In track and field she has posted a 200 meter time of 56.25 and 2:16.89 in the 800.
Joining Garza as a Cal Poly recruit are early signees Maddison Allen (6-3, post) from Biggera Waters, Australia, Taylor Spears (5-8, guard) from Brea, Calif. and Caroline Hughes (6-1, guard/forward) from Pleasanton, Calif