Xavier Women's Basketball Adds Fifth 2012 Signee in Aliyah Zantt

Reynoldsburg High School's Aliyah Zantt has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Xavier beginning in 2012-13

Reynoldsburg High School's Aliyah Zantt has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Xavier beginning in 2012-13

May 2, 2012

CINCINNATI - The Xavier women's basketball team has added its fifth signee from the class of 2012 in Reynoldsburg High School's Aliyah Zantt. The 5'7 guard from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, helped lead the Raiders to a 26-1 overall record and a perfect 14-0 mark in Ohio Capital Conference play in 2011-12.

"Aliyah comes from a successful high school program at Reynoldsburg High School that made it to the state semifinals in 2010 and 2012 under head coach, Jack Purtell," commented Xavier head coach Amy Waugh. "Aliyah is an explosive guard who plays with a great deal of confidence. She will bring an added scoring punch and an incredible work ethic to our team. We are thrilled to add Aliyah to the Xavier family."

Zantt, has led her team in scoring over the past two seasons, was named the Ohio Capital Conference's Ohio Division Player of the Year and earned first team all-conference honors as well. She was also named to the All-State Honorable Mention Team following both her junior and senior seasons. Zantt was named The Columbus Dispatch's Top Women's Basketball Performer in 2011.

"Aliyah, first and foremost, is a great kid and a winner," said Reynoldsburg High School girls' basketball head coach and athletic director Jack Purtell. "Without a doubt, Xavier will be a perfect fit for her. She's a two-time All-Ohioan and has led the Raiders to two consecutive OCC Championships, three district titles and two regional championships. Congratulations to both Aliyah and Xavier."

During the 2012 Ohio Division I State Semifinals, the Reynoldsburg narrowly fell to defending champion Twinsburg, 49-41. Zantt pulled the Raiders to within three, 44-41, late on a 3-point basket with a minute left in the contest but the Tigers proved to be too much, delivering the Raiders' only loss of the season.

Zantt will be joining four other newcomers on Xavier's campus for the upcoming 2012-13 season: Jenna Crittendon (Union, Ky./Ryle), Ce'Dra Evans (Toledo, Ohio/Rogers), Briana Glover (Mason, Ohio/Mason) and Kristine Rose (Miramar, Fla./Archbishop McCarthy).