Women's Basketball Season Preview
The Ohio Christian University women's basketball team is looking to a fresh start for this season. Head Coach Mandy Wray, in her forth year at the helm of the Lady Trailblazers, brings back four returning players from last year's team, including Brenda Carter, Sarah Peters, and Angela Thorne, and Jasmine Howell.
Carter, the team's lone senior, led the nation in scoring last year with 28 points per game, shooting 67% from the field for the year. Carter also led the Lady Trailblazers in steals with 3.5 per game. Brenda received 1st Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-American last year. Brenda has the ability to score in a variety of ways, and her athleticism, speed and quickness make her a threat on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.
Peters, known for her rebounding and intensity on the court, is entering her junior season this year. Sarah averaged almost six rebounds and five points per game last season. Sarah runs the floor very well, which will present match-up problems for opponents.
Sophomore Jasmine Howell returns more focused than ever. Jasmine is a great rebounder and defender. Although she will be academically ineligible for the first part of the season, she is working hard to bring her grades up and be ready to play in January.
Junior Angela Thorne led the team's leading rebounder last year with nine per game. She also chipped in almost seven points per game last year as well. Angie is a very strong and aggressive player. She is an excellent rebounder and is tenacious on defense. The Lady Blazers are expecting great things from Thorne this season.
This year's talented and experienced recruiting class is hoping to step in and make an immediate impact. Danielle Lawrence-Fleming comes to OCU as a junior transfer from Columbus State Community College. At 5'11, Danielle has the ability to play inside, but is also extremely effective from the perimeter. She has a well-rounded game and can drive to the basket strong, as well as shoot the 3 point shot.
Junior Brittany Martin returns to the Lady Blazers after taking a few seasons off. Brittany is also very versatile and will be able to play down low as well as on the perimeter. She has stepped up and been a great leader during pre-season and is excited to be back on the court this year.
Shelby Roe, a freshman guard from Middletown Madison High School, is an excellent 3 point shooter. She holds her high school record for 3 pointers in a single game and in a season. Shelby truly loves the game and is a very hard-worker. She will be able to contribute in a big way this year.
Freshman guard Dannyel Butte, from Findlay High School, comes to OCU from a great high school program. Dannyel brings speed and quickness on defense, and can score in a variety of ways on offense. She will make an immediate impact this year from the point and two-guard positions.
Liberty Union High School's Courtney Schilling, a 5'3 point guard, has tremendous ball-handling skills and court awareness. Courtney sees the floor very well. She finds the open person and gets the ball to them. Courtney is also a scoring threat on offense, which is a great asset to have as a point guard.
Freshman Asia Glenn, from Eastmoor Academy in Columbus, is a dominant force inside. The Lady Trailblazers will look to her to dominate the paint with her inside presence. Asia is a strong player that rebounds extremely well and has good post moves to score. She also has the ability to step out and knock down 15 footers, which is a great asset to have in a post player.
Kristen Hughes, a freshman guard from North Adams High School, will add depth at the guard spot this year. Kristen has a great knowledge of the game, and she plays very intelligently. She is a very hard worker and is continuing to improve every day.
The Lady Trailblazers open up the season as they host the 3rd Annual Tip-off Classic at OCU on November 6-7th. They will face Valley Forge Christian College on the 6th at 6pm and Grace Bible College on the 7th at 2pm. "I'm very excited about this season," said head coach Mandy Wray. "This is truly the best recruiting class we have had in the history of our women's basketball program here at OCU. Our returning players and new additions give us a great combination of young women, and as long as we remember to give God the glory in all we do, I think we have the potential to have a very special season."