University of Missouri

With Cierra Porter's return uncertain, Mizzou women's basketball adds a post player

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton shouts from the sideline during the first half against Mississippi on Thursday in Columbia, Mo.
Missouri coach Robin Pingeton shouts from the sideline during the first half against Mississippi on Thursday in Columbia, Mo. AP

The Missouri women’s basketball team rounded out its 2018 recruiting class Friday by signing Brittany Garner, a 6-foot-4 forward.

The acquisition provides some size down low for a team that was in need of it after losing All-SEC forward Jordan Frericks. The search for a post player became even more imperative earlier this week, when coach Robin Pingeton said at an athletic department promotional stop that rising senior forward Cierra Porter — a three-year starter and Pingeton’s niece — is contemplating medical retirement because of ongoing knee issues.

“We haven’t hit that landing spot yet,” Pingeton said of a decision on 6-foot-4 Porter’s status. “We’ve had a lot of dialogue. She’s a big part of what we’ve got. We love her to death. Just trying to figure out what’s in her best interest. If she does come back we have to be mindful of that mileage.”

If Porter does not return, Garner would be the Tigers’ tallest player. Though Pingeton has shown a willingness to spread the floor and shoot three-pointers, Garner’s size alone could earn her playing time as a true freshman.

As a senior, Garner averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game for Winslow Township High School, in the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia. She picked Missouri over Colorado and Oklahoma, among others.

“I felt an instant connection with the team and staff, and saw a great opportunity to compete at the highest level alongside great people and fierce competitors," Garner said in a release. "Mizzou fits me. I feel like I can make an impact and give the team a big boost down low."

Garner is the third member of Missouri’s 2018 recruiting class. She joins forward Grace Berg and guard Akira Levy, who signed earlier this week.

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