Terri Mann, who led the Point Loma High School girls’ basketball team to four state championships, said Tuesday she has transferred to San Diego State.
Mann, a transfer from Western Kentucky, must sit out the upcoming season and will be eligible to play in 1989-90 if she completes National Collegiate Athletic Assn. academic requirements. She has 3 seasons of eligibility remaining.
Mann is expected to begin practicing with the Aztecs Dec. 17.
“I wanted to be close to home,” Mann said, citing her close relationship with her mother, Willie, and Point Loma Coach Lee Trepanier.
Mann, a 6-foot 2-inch forward, played 12 games for Western Kentucky, where she averaged 20.3 points and 8.3 rebounds before injuring her left knee in a game Dec. 19. She had reconstructive surgery to repair damage to the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee Feb. 3. She also had arthroscopic surgery on her right knee during the summer.
“I think my legs are OK,” Mann said.
Mann withdrew from Western Kentucky Sept. 26 and returned to San Diego.
“I was having fun at first,” she said. “I just got lonely.”
A 1987 graduate from Point Loma, Mann set national records for rebounds in a career (2,256) and rebounds in a season (816). She ranks third in career points (3,188) and second in points in a season (1,174). She was named California girls’ player of the year in 1986 and 1987 by Cal-Hi Sports newsletter and the 1987 USA Today national player of the year.
“Terry is definitely an impact player,” SDSU Coach Earnest Riggins said in a release. “She will bring the kind of attention to our program that we need. Terry’s strength and ability to dominate a ballgame will be a great asset to our team.”