Privateers sign Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball transfer Jomyra Mathis

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Jomyra Mathis
(Photo: Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics)

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans head women’s basketball coach Keeshawn Davenport announced the addition of University of Louisiana-Lafayette transfer student-athlete Jomyra Mathis, the second signing of the 2021 Spring Class on Thursday. It will be a welcome home celebration for the New Orleans native who attended high school just 20 minutes from UNO at Landry Walker as she will finish her last collegiate season as a Privateer.

“I chose UNO because UNO chose me,” Mathis said. “The program Coach Davenport has built is what I want to be a part of. Not only do I feel like this coaching staff can help me elevate my game, but they can help me grow as a person, both mentally and spiritually.”

“I love that community service is big in this program,” Mathis added. “I’ve always said that I wanted to give back to my city and I can start here. With my last year, I want to make an impact on the court, off the court and in the classroom, and UNO is where I want to do it. I loved the energy and connection I felt from this program throughout my recruitment. I feel lead here and I want to help bring a championship to UNO.”

Mathis played a key role in Louisiana-Lafayette’s run to the Sun Belt Conference Championships and WNIT Tournament this past season. She ranked fourth on the team in scoring with an average of 8.0 points per game and was third on the team in rebounding with 4.5 per contest. She also led the team with 57 assists and 31 steals. Mathis was 13th in the Sun Belt in assists (2.7 per game) and tied for 10th in steals (1.5). She is battled-tested as well with 93 career games played in the Sun Belt, which includes 47 starts.

“Welcome home Jomyra,” an excited Davenport said. “There is a high level of excitement whenever we can get a player to come back home and represent our great city! Jomyra is a great example of the student-athlete we want in a New Orleans jersey. She is an excellent student, a servant in the community and a champion on the court. What more could a coach ask for? We are looking forward to her making an impact here at UNO!”

Mathis played all four years at Landry Walker where she averaged 17 points, five assists and six rebounds per game. Her team made the playoffs all four seasons and was named 5A Co-District Champions in 2016 and 2017. She was awarded 4A All-District honors in 2014-15 and 5A All-District in 2016-17. She was also named 5A District MVP in 2016-17 and All-Metro in 2016.

Mathis joins Louisiana native Nahja Scott as the first two signings of the Spring 2021 class. The two new Louisiana incomers continue to restock the in-state talent after the Privateers lost its Louisiana student-athletes to graduation following this past season.

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