Clemson adding ex-Alabama point guard Loyal McQueen

CLEMSON, S.C. -- New Clemson women's basketball coach Shawn Poppie has added an experienced leader to his program in former Alabama starting point guard Loyal McQueen.

The school announced McQueen's signing on Wednesday.

McQueen is a 5-foot-8 senior from Florence, South Carolina, who began her college career at Georgia Tech. After two years with the Yellow Jackets, McQueen transferred to Alabama, where she played the past two seasons.

McQueen started 34 games last season, averaging 9.8 points a game as the Crimson Tide went 24-10 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Poppie had recruited McQueen out of high school when he was an assistant coach at Virginia Tech. He said the two reconnected after McQueen decided to leave Alabama.

Poppie is happy to add McQueen's leadership and playmaking ability to his first-year program.

"I believe she is the perfect fit here at the perfect time," Poppie said. "She has had a phenomenal college career up to this point, but I truly believe she has much more to accomplish."