Nov. 16, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Taylor McGuire, a 5-foot-11 guard out of Buena High School in Ventura, Calif., has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the UC Davis women's basketball team in the fall of 2013, it was announced by second-year head coach Jennifer Gross.
"We are very excited to welcome Taylor to our Aggie family," said Gross. "Taylor embodies everything that we look for in a student-athlete here at UC Davis. She has tremendous passion for the game of basketball, she is extremely driven - both on the court and in the classroom - and, finally, she is a great teammate who is respected by her coaches."
McGuire was recently named to the All-Channel League first team for the second time in her prep career after leading Buena HS to a second-place conference finish and a second-round appearance at the CIF Southern Section playoffs. She averaged 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game during her junior season.
As a sophomore in 2010-11, McGuire and the Bulldogs advanced to the CIF Southern Section championship game after winning their third consecutive Channel League title. McGuire was selected as the conference's Co-MVP and was an All-CIF First Team honoree while also being named to the Ventura County Star first team. She averaged 12.3 points per game and collected 92 steals.
McGuire recently competed for California Storm Team Taurasi, one of the nation's premier club teams.
"Taylor has a great mix of size and athleticism," continued Gross. "She does a little bit of everything - she can knock down the three, hit the midrange and is very effective getting to the rim as well. Taylor has competed against some of the nation's top talent while playing for both Buena High School and Team Taurasi and has proven that she is ready to make an impact at the next level."
UC Davis will graduate two seniors, Blair Shinoda and Cortney French, at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season. Last season, Shinoda shot 79 percent from the free throw line while also handing out 68 assists, third-most on the team, while French shot a team-high .387 from three-point range, ranking her second in the Big West.