April 28, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma's women's basketball head coach Sherri Coale announced Friday the signing of juco All-American Jamie Talbert to a national letter of intent to play for the Sooners in the upcoming 2000-2001 season.

Talbert was named a first team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American and was a two-time all-conference selection at Seward County Junior College (Liberal, Kansas). She ended her junior college career as the school's career and single season record holder in points and rebounds.

"She's a perfect fit, both as a person and player, within our system," said Coale. "She runs really well, and obviously, she can score. What I like most about her is that she's a very, very smart post player. She understands positioning and knows how to dominate defenders at the low block. She will be an outstanding addition to our post game."

With her 6-2 frame, Talbert grabbed 620 rebounds and recorded 1,274 points in two years. She also had single season highs of 339 rebounds and 805 points last year. In addition, Talbert established a school record for most points scored in a single game with 39.

She guided her team to a two-year record of 67-5 and a conference title this past season with a 33-1 mark. In addition, her 1998-99 team was the NJCAA National Academic champions.

As a sophomore, she was named the Jayhawk West Conference and Region VI Most Valuable Player. Talbert also earned first team all-region and all-tournament honors after averaging 23.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She also shot 62.7 percent from the field (314-of-501).

As a freshman, she led to her team to a fifth-place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament and an overall record of 34-4. After earning second team honors in the conference and region and being voted to the all-tournament teams at regionals and nationals, she was selected to the National Select Team that toured Hungary and Slovakia during the summer of 1999.

Talbert is a 1998 graduate of Elkhart High School in Elkhart, Kansas.