MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women’s basketball program and head coach Maurice Smith look to defend their title in 2011-12 as Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Champions.
“We come into this season a very young team,” said coach Smith. “All of our freshman come from outstanding high school programs who did good at preparing them for the college level.
The Bobcats return two players from the 2011-12-championship squad and add whopping 11 newcomers.
“Were feel that we will have a much deeper and more athletic team this year which will allow us to do some good things offensively and defensively.
Myeshia Simms (Macon, Ga.) is a senior transfer from Division I Florida A&M University. She averaged 3.9 points per game and led the team with 109 assists in 2010-11.
“She has got a lot of experience at the college level,” said coach Smith. “ She will bring very good experience at the point guard position. She is a very talented player who can make great thing happen with the ball in her hands. We are looking for her to lead this team and help her teammates get better.”
Shalisa Ponius (Detroit) is forward that played her high school ball at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Michigan. Shalisa has been a student at Georgia College for the past two years and decided to walk-on to the basketball team her junior year.
The only two returners this year for the Bobcats are the only two sophomores on the team. Krysta Lewis (Woodstock, Ga.) averaged 5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Lewis was a big part of the PBC Tournament run. She scored 29 points on 12-of-22 shooting, while grabbing 19 rebounds in the three game stretch. “Krista brings good experience back to the team. She finished the season last year playing with tons of confidence. We are looking forward to her having more of a contribution this season by continuing to shoot the ball well and giving us strong post play.”
Abby Slocumb (Suwanee, Ga.) averaged 4.3 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game. She also recorded 19 blocks and 22 assists. “Abby was very consistent for us last season giving us a strong presence inside more so from the defensive end. She is one of the better post defenders in the league. We will be relying on Abby to be more aggressive on the offensive end of the floor this season along with the good experience she will bring to this team”
The Bobcats bring in nine freshmen to the squad this season. The ‘Cats bring in guards Terryuana Godwin (LaGrange, Ga.), Hollyn Phelps (Alpharetta, Ga.), Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.), Saidat Ogbemudia (Alpharetta, Ga.), Mikalyn Defoor (Gainesville, Ga.), Shanteona Keys (Freeport, Ill.), Jasmine Williams (Palmetto, Ga.), Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Ill.) and Lisa Mitchell (Woodstock, Ga.).
The freshmen class is littered with an array of different high school accolades and honors. Mitchell was 2011 All-County First Team and All-Region Second Team while Donley earned All-State and All-Region honors her senior season. Defoor was selected to the 8-AAA All-Region First Team and owns her school’s record in three-point shots made. Williams was a three-time GISA All-State and All-Region player. She also led her squad to three consecutive GISA State Championships.
“We are looking for our freshman to quickly overcome some growing pains because we will be counting on them to contribute in big ways for us. We understand that it will be a patient process so there will be a lot of teaching and learning for both coaches and players but we are confident we will get there as long as we continue to improve one day at a time”
The women’s basketball team will face their first test playing at Division I Auburn University in an exhibition Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. The ‘Cats first home game is Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. against Anderson University.
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