ELLISVILLE – Jones College’s Endia Holliday signed a basketball scholarship with Western Carolina University Wednesday afternoon in the JC Football Fieldhouse.
“The atmosphere, the team, the coaches and the new environment,” Holliday said of her decision to join the Catamounts in the Southern Conference. “This has been a great experience for me and I’ve learned a lot. I’m going to miss it, but I’m ready for something new.”
Holliday, a product of South Jones High School, played in all 31 games as a true freshman in 2018-19. The 6-foot forward averaged 4.1points and 4.8 rebounds per game to help Jones to a 28-3 record and an MACJC title, a Region 23 Tournament crown and an appearance in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Lubbock, Texas. Her best game that season was a 10-point, 12-rebound performance vs. Southwest.
Last season, she started three games before absorbing a season-ending injury. She has worked to rehab from the injury and is ready to take the court this season for the Bobcats.
“It has helped me a lot,” she said of her recovery. “It was hard and I can’t lie about that, but to God be the glory because He is the only one who got me through all of this and I’m thankful.”
Bobcat head coach Missy Bilderback said Holliday will be a great fit at Western Carolina.
“Western Carolina is getting a really great player, but also a wonderful person,” she said. “Endia makes everyone around her better with her positive attitude and the daily example she sets. WCU’s coaching staff and style of play are a perfect fit for Endia and we feel she will have great success there. We are thankful we get to coach her one more season and then we can’t wait to follow her on her journey at WCU.”
There are several familiar faces on the WCU staff.
Former Jones assistant coach Brooke Rhodes is the associate head coach. Former Southern Miss associate head coach Kiley Hill is the head coach and former Southern Miss player Megan Brown is an assistant with the Catamounts.
The Bobcats have won four straight region titles and three straight conference championships.
Holliday said expectations will always be high at Jones.
“The standard has not changed,” she said. “We are still going to be great and it’s not going to stop.”
The Bobcats open the season Jan. 22 at Holmes.