OCALA-- A return trip to Missouri is just what College of Central Florida sophomore Mhykeah Baez needed to continue her career as a student athlete.
Baez, a standout forward for the CF women's basketball team, signed a letter-of-intent recently with Missouri Western State University.
"I really liked it there," said Baez, who averaged 8.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and made 45.3 percent of her shots. "The coaches and the facilities were great and I really got along well with the team.
"After visiting there, I cancelled all the rest of my visits. It was the place that I wanted to be."
This will be Baez's second stint at a Missouri-based program.
After completing her prep career in San Marcos, Tex., she played at Jefferson College for one season before transferring. From there, she redshirted at CF, before playing a key role in helping the Patriots nearly capture a berth in the FCSAA State Tournament.
"I'm not satisfied with the way that I played this year and I know that I can get better," Baez said. "I'm going up there to work hard and try to earn a spot in the starting lineup."
Baez was pleased with her time at CF and the help she received from the support staff. She thanked former coach Cheryl Rice for getting her to Ocala and current head coach Tommy Jones and assistant Markeisha Grant, as well as athletic director Bob Zelinski and trainer Steve Abbruzzi.