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Kentucky women land junior college guard

Kentucky and Matthew Mitchell picked up a commitment from a junior college shooting guard over the weekend.

Amanda Paschal, a 5-foot-6 shooting guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., has been playing for Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla., where she started all 33 games as a freshman.

Paschal averaged 11.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists for the Commodores in her 27 minutes a game.

Her numbers as a shooting guard aren’t all that impressive, hitting just 26.7 percent from three-point range and 61.9 percent from the free throw line at Gulf Coast State.

Paschal is the leading returning scorer on a Commodores team that went 32-1 last season and won a junior college national championship. The guard was a member of the All-Tournament team.

The guard joins Kameron Roach, a 5-foot-6 point guard from Lower Richland High School in South Carolina, as commitments for the 2017 class. Stony Brook transfer Ogechi Anyagaligbo, a 6-1 forward, already has joined the program but will have to sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules.

Jennifer Smith: 859-231-3241, @jenheraldleader

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