Tarleton State signs 3 to start 2024 offseason, a D1 transfer and 2 local prep stars


STEPHENVILLE — Tarleton State Women’s Basketball has begun its 2024 offseason with three signings they announced on Thursday.

The Texans have signed forward Alani Fluker, a transfer from San Jose State, guard Grace Booth, an incoming freshman from Glen Rose High School, and Mar’Cyah “MiMi” Willis, an incoming freshman from La Vega High School.

“We are excited these young ladies have decided to join the Texan Family for next year,” head coach Bill Brock said. “Each of them can play multiple positions and will add much needed depth to our squad.”

Fluker played the last four seasons with the Spartans, appearing in 70 games overall, averaging 1.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per contest. She had a career-best campaign last season, averaging 2.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 25 games (17 starts). She scored a career-high 11 points vs. Utah State on Feb. 21 this past season, and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in a win against Bethesda on Nov. 27.

The San Antonio native arrives in Stephenville as a graduate transfer. She played her prep basketball at Brennan High School, where she was on varsity for four years and a team captain three years. She was First Team All-District three times and a 2020 McDonald’s All-American nominee after averaging 14 points and seven rebounds as a senior.

Fluker is the definition of a scholar athlete, named a Dean’s Scholar at San Jose State twice and placed on the All-Academic First Team four times at Brennan HS.

Tarleton State kept things local with the other two signings, starting with Glen Rose High School star guard Booth.

Booth was the District Co-MVP last season, averaging 18.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.4 steals. Her senior year garnered her TABC All-State, All-Star, All-Region, and even Academic All-State and Academic All-District accolades. Across four varsity years with the Lady Tigers, Booth totaled 2,318 points, 1,053 rebounds, 378 assists and 442 steals. She helped Glen Rose to elite program status, going 129-16 (.890) overall across her four seasons, 29-3 (.907) in district.

This past season, the Lady Tigers advanced to the regional championship game, winning 12 straight games before falling to Canyon. She was named to the Region 1 Basketball All-Tournament Team. Her junior year, Booth was the Co-Offensive Player of the Year, TABC All-State and All-Region, TGCA All State and a TGCA All Star selection. She led the Lady Tigers to the state semifinals after being named to the Region 1 Basketball All-Tournament Team again. Over her first two years, she was First Team All-District as a sophomore and the Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.

Booth has been a four-sport star at Glen Rose, also excelling at volleyball, softball and track and field. She was First Team All-District three times in volleyball, First Team All-District in softball, and in her sophomore year, she was eighth in the state in the 300m hurdles.

Booth plans to study kinesiology at Tarleton State University.

Willis hails from Waco, Texas, where the guard played four varsity years for La Vega HS, serving as a team captain every season.

The McDonald’s All-American nominee led the Lady Pirates in scoring this past season with 14.6 points per game, shooting 41 percent from distance and 87 percent from the free throw line. She was tied-fifth in the nation in three-point makes with 161 across 43 games, averaging 3.7 three-pointers per game. Her epic year also included these awards; 18-4A District MVP, 23-4A Co-District MVP, First Team All-District, 4A UIL All-Region Team, 4A UIL All-State Team and a few All-Tournament teams.

Willis helped the Lady Pirates win back-to-back state championships at the UIL 4A level these past two seasons. She scored over 1,200 points in her high school career, setting a new La Vega program record for three-point makes in a game (11). In one of her best games at the prep level, Willis poured in 30 points on 10-of-13 from distance in the Thanksgiving Hoopfest vs. Perry High School.

She participated in three separate All-Star games, a Hoop Junkie All-Star selection, a Pass The Ball All-Star honoree, and a Skills Pay Bills All-Star selection.

Academically, Willis was on the All-Academic team all four years. She is undecided on her major at this time.

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