Lewis allowed three more seasons of eligibility

Updated: July 6, 2005, 4:02 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The NCAA has granted Southern's Fredrieka Lewis a medical redshirt for last season, allowing the 6-foot-4 center three more seasons of eligibility, Southern coach Sandy Pugh said.

Lewis averaged 11.2 points and 5.7 rebounds as a freshman. Her 24-point, 12-rebound performance in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament final that season led Southern to the league title.

Lewis hurt her ankle early last season and was benched for good in January.

Without Lewis, Southern finished with a 16-14 record but still made the tournament final before losing to Alcorn State.

Pugh said the NCAA's decision means Southern could have both Lewis and Purdue transfer Indi Johnson, a 6-2 forward, on the court for the next three seasons.

"Those two will put the program on solid footing for the next three years," Pugh said.

Also returning to the Jaguars for her senior season will be guard Rolanda Monroe, a two-time SWAC tournament MVP.

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