EUGENE, Ore. - University of Oregon women’s basketball head coach Bev Smith signed Lindsey Saffold to a National Letter of Intent, it was announced today.

Saffold, a 5-foot-11 guard/forward, has played the last two seasons at Delta Community College (Stockton, Calif), and will enter the University of Oregon as a junior in athletic eligibility.

“We are very pleased and excited to have such a fine young woman and basketball player such as Lindsey join our program,” Smith said. “As a seasoned community college player, Lindsey brings veteran experience, athleticism, and a tremendous work ethic to our team. Lindsey is known not only for her ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter, but as well, for her fierce defense and aggressive rebounding. She has been a tremendous ambassador for Delta Community College these last two seasons on the floor, in the classroom, and throughout our her community. We can’t wait for Lindsey to join the 2008-09 Oregon Ducks.”

During the 2007-08 season, Saffold had a busy year leading Delta to the Big 8 Conference championship, as well as an Elite 8 berth in the state tournament.

Originally from Tacoma, Wash., Saffold, averaged 17.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season at Delta. She was named MVP of the Big 8 Conference and first-team all-state by the California Community College Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

The Mustangs finished the year 30-7 and were an undefeated 14-0 in league play, as Saffold led the team in scoring on 16 occasions as well as rebounding 13 times.

Saffold spent her senior season at Weston Ranch High School in Stockton, averaging 22.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per game. She was named first team all-Valley Oak Athletic League and first team all-area by the Stockton Record.

Before transferring, she spent three years at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, earning team MVP honors as a junior (2005) after guiding the Abes to the Narrows League Championship.

Saffold joins three other recruits as part of the 2008-09 class which includes Darriel Gaynor (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman HS), Jasmin Holliday (Chino, Calif./Ayala HS) and Amanda Johnson (Santa Rosa, Calif./Maria Carillo HS).

Darriel Gaynor G 5-6 Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman HS
Jasmin Holliday F 6-0 Chino, Calif./Ayala HS
Amanda Johnson F 6-2 Santa Rosa, Calif./Maria Carillo HS
Lindsey Saffold G/F 5-10 Tacoma, Wash./Delta CC