Tarleton State University’s women's basketball squad has added a multi-dimensional playmaker to its roster, as head coach Misty Wilson announced the signing of forward Nya Moody, a transfer from National Park College in Arkansas.
Standing six feet tall, Moody earned All-Region Team NJCAA Region 2 honors while playing one season for her father, Melvin Moody. Moody played both on the perimeter and in the post for the Nighthawks, averaging 15.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Moody becomes the seventh member of Tarleton's inaugural Division I recruiting class and fourth this spring.
The Hot Springs native comes to Tarleton with three years of eligibility remaining.
"We're lucky to add an All-Region Junior College player this late in the recruiting process," Wilson said. "Nya is a versatile talent that gives us size, skill, and athleticism at the wing position. She has tremendous upside and I believe with the resources we provide our student-athletes, she will get better in her three years here."
Moody made 16 starts in 17 games played, helping the Nighthawks finish the 2019-2020 campaign with an 11-8 record. She demonstrated a capable shooting touch, averaging nearly two made 3-point attempts per game and connecting at a 77 percent clip from the free throw line.
A strong close to her high school career spawned an opportunity for Moody to play collegiately. Moody was named Conference MVP as a senior at Lake Hamilton High School in 2019 after averaging 17 points and 7 rebounds per game.
In 2018, Moody helped Hot Springs High School claim the Class 5A Arkansas Activities Association state championships. She was selected as one of the top performers at the state tournament and garnered both All-Garland County and First Team All-Conference accolades for her junior season.
A dedicated student, Moody intends to major in pre-pharmacy at Tarleton.