Dix Hills, N.Y. - The Five Towns College women's basketball team has signed Essence Rayford.
Rayford, a guard from Aurora, Illinois, attended West Aurora High School and will be joining the Sound as a junior transfer. She played her freshman year at Bryant & Stratton-Wisconsin and her sophomore year at Waubonsee Community College, both NJCAA Division II programs.
At Bryant & Stratton, Rayford played in 31 contests, averaging 16 minutes and 7.3 points. She scored 10+ points in 11 games her freshman year, including a 22 point performance against Madison College. The Bobcats went 21-11 for the 2018-19 season and fell to South Suburban College in the NJCAA Region IV Championship.
At Waubonsee Community College, Rayford played in 29 contests with the Chiefs and averaged 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2.2 steals. She scored double-digit points in 24 games through the season; she had twelve 20+ point performances including 31 points against Moraine Valley Community College and 40 points against Milwaukee Area Technical College. Rayford compiled four double-double games in points and rebounds, and one double-double in points and assists. Rayford was named a NJCAA Division II Midwest District L First Team player.
"Essence will bring a much needed maturity to a young team. From our first conversation, I knew she was the type of student-athlete that would be a strong piece to complement our newly formed puzzle. As a transfer, she will add experience to an already high-character group of recruits. She is focused and ready to do her part to bring our program to national recognition." stated head coach Anthony Alfaro.