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Renetha Dickson (12) of Lutheran North controls the ball during a game against Cardinal Ritter on February 28, 2015 at Cardinal Ritter in St. Louis, Mo. Paul Kopsky, STLhighschoolsports.com

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COLUMBIA, MO. — Missouri women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton has landed some reinforcements to build her roster in the post-Sophie Cunningham era. 

Renetha "Shug" Dickson, a 5-9 guard and St. Louis native who played at Lutheran North, has signed transfer paperwork to play for the Tigers after spending the last three years at Tulsa and Texas Tech. She will sit out the 2019-20 season per NCAA transfer rules, MU confirmed.

The Tigers also landed a verbal commitment from South Carolina transfer LaDazhia Williams, a 6-4 forward who was a top-50 recruit coming out of high school two years ago. Williams announced her commitment on Instagram on Wednesday and MU later confirmed she had completed the transfer process. 

Dickson, a two-time Class 3 all-state selection at Lutheran North, was Tulsa's leading scorer as a sophomore two years ago, pacing the program with 14.1 points per game along with 4.7 rebounds. She started 36 of 60 games in two years at Tulsa with 28 games in double figures for points. She transferred to Texas Tech last December and sat out the rest of the Red Raiders' season. 

Two years ago Williams was a five-star recruit when she came to South Carolina from Bradenton, Fla., but she played a minor role on the floor, averaging just six minutes per game in 48 appearances off the bench the last two seasons. She averaged 1.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in limited action. She will also be required to sit out next season. As a senior in high school she was rated the nation's No. 48 player overall and No. 12 forward by ESPN. 

The two transfers will add to an infusion of talent the Tigers are bringing in this year to help restore the roster after losing Cunningham, the team's career scoring leader, plus departed seniors and starters Lauren Aldridge and Cierra Porter. In November, Pingeton signed three high school prospects, including the state's two top-ranked targets in Aijha Blackwell (St. Louis/Whitfield) and Hayley Frank (Stafford), along with forward Micah Linthacum (Jefferson City). 

Dave Matter

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dmatter@post-dispatch.com

This article originally ran on stltoday.com.

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