Five guards, including four freshmen, have signed during the early signing period to play basketball for the University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears.

With a six-member senior class on this season’s roster, first-year coach Sandra Rushing expects to add to the signing class during the spring signing period, but is pleased with the way the class has taken shape thus far.

"We feel that we have met some needs for next year in the early signing period," she said. "I’m excited to watch this group grow and develop the next few years, and they will be an exciting group to watch in a Central Arkansas uniform."

Joining the Sugar Bears for the 2013-14 season are:

Sierra Bone, 5-foot-11 freshman guard, Flower Mound, Texas: averaged 10 points, three rebounds, and two charges taken per game as a junior, and maintains a 3.6 grade-point average. "Sierra is a pure shooter who can create her own shots," Rushing said. "Her work ethic, passion and love for the game are amazing."

Christina Devers, 5-7 freshman guard, Bixby, Okla.: averaged 21 points, seven assists, four steals and five rebounds as a junior. "Christina is a versatile player who can put it on the floor and create," Rushing said. "She has the ability to rebound and run the floor."

Kelsei Ewings, 5-5 junior guard, West Point, Miss.: averaged 27 points, five assists and three steals as a high school senior. She is averaging 9.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.2 steals per game this season at Paris (Texas) Junior College. "Kelsei is a true point guard and plays bigger than 5-5," Rushing said. "She is a great ballhandler and leader on the floor. Her defensive intensity will bring a lot of energy to the court."

Brianna Mullins, 5-5 freshman guard, Nevada, Ark. High School: Averaged 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals per game en route to being named all-state last season as a junior. She has a 3.7 grade-point average. "Brianna is a great player and ballhandler with the ability to get to the rim," Rushing said. "She is a solid defensive player that plays with heart and passion."

Maggie Proffitt, 5-9 freshman guard, Columbus, Miss.: averaged 19 points per game last season for Columbus (Miss.) High School, recording a high of 38 points. She made eight 3-pointers in one game and had another in which she made seven of seven. Was named Co-MVP and Best Offensive Player as a freshman at CHS, and was first team all-area and all-state honorable mention in her sophomore and junior seasons. She also started for the Kenner (La.) Angles 16U AAU team that won the 2012 national championship. "Maggie is a pure shooter," Rushing said. "She is a very hard worker and is willing to put in the extra time to take her game up a level."