The Shawnee State University Women’s
Basketball Team looks to continue its proud and successful tradition in
the 2000-2001 season. The Bears have won five consecutive regular season
conference championships and have made seven straight national
championship appearances. The Bears’ crowning moment came in 1999 when
they won the NAIA Division II National Championship. The 2000-2001 squad
looks to add another jewel to the crown and bring another National Title
home to Portsmouth.
Despite the loss of four senior starters,
(including 1st Team All-American Kelli Smith and Honorable
Mention All-American Brandi Baker) the Bears boast a solid group of
returning players. Becky Holden, Brandy Humphrey, Cheri Griffith, and
Susie Kline all earned valuable playing time on the 1999 championship run.
Holden and Humphrey are the lone seniors on
the squad, and this young team will look to them for leadership on and off
the court. Holden started all 30 of the team’s contests last season.
Coach Robin-Hagen Smith says, "Becky is a hard nosed, aggressive
player. She is a defensive specialist and a great leader." Humphrey
was the 3rd leading scorer on last year’s team averaging 7.0
points per game in just 16 minutes a game. She will get a lot more minutes
this season to showcase her abilities. "She is extremely athletic,
and is by far the best one-on-one player on the team," says
Junior Cheri Griffith will take over at the
point this season for the Bears. "Cheri is lightening quick. She can
push the ball up the floor and she makes good decisions. She will be the
floor leader for us this season," says Coach Hagen-Smith.
Camey Geiman, Angie Ingram, Ashley See, and
Abby Workman make up a very talented sophomore class. Geiman was the lone
freshman to play in every game last season. Despite playing only 15
minutes per contest last year, she was the 3rd leading
rebounder on the team (4.8 per game). "She is a tough competitor who
seems to come up with the big plays; and she can play inside or
outside." Ingram saw limited time in 23 games last season, but she
comes into this year having lost a lot of weight. She showed flashes of
promise last season including an 18 point effort against Mt. Vernon
Nazarene last season. Her better physical condition should allow her to
tap into the considerable potential she possesses.
Ashley See also played in 23 games last
season. She made the most of her limited time as she connected on 43.8% of
her 3-point attempts. Look for her time to increase dramatically this
Columbus State Community College transfer,
Stephanie Allard, is at the head of a very deep recruiting class for the
Bears. Allard is the all-time leading scorer at CSCC with 756 points in
her two-year career. Coach Hagen-Smith likes what she brings to the table.
"Stephanie’s experience is going to be extremely valuable to this
team. She is a definite zone-buster, and brings a winning attitude to this
Along with Allard, Bears newcomers include
Mandy Goin, Teresa Campbell, and Maggie Unger. All three freshmen earned
All-State honors during their high school careers. Goin is a 6-1 post
player with very soft touch from 15 feet in. Campbell is an "action
packed" point guard with a great pull-up jump shot. Unger is powerful
front court player with exceptional strength. They have limitless
potential and all of them have the potential to be impact players right
out of the gate.
Coach Hagen-Smith said, "We have lost a
lot of talent over the past couple of seasons, but I think we have filled
the holes very well. This team is quicker than what we have had recently,
and that will certainly help our press. I really believe that this is
going to be a more balanced team as well. Our National Title was nice, but
one is not enough. We are hungry for another, and I truly believe this
team has the potential to take us there."