Rebuilding Women's Basketball

by Evergreen State College

Olympia, WA - Evergreen State College took some small steps on its women's basketball rebuilding road last season, but found that, in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, bigger steps require taller players.

Thus, head coach Monica Heuer made post players a priority in recruiting and announced the signing of North Thurston High School's 6-3 center Ebony Crowell, and four other players, including Black Hills grad Karen Cale, on Monday.

Crowell holds the Rams' career record for shot blocking and averaged a double-double during the 2001-02 season to earned Pacific-9 Honorable Mention honors.

"She's a young talent who, in time, can develop into a dominant force," said Heuer, who is approaching her second season at Evergreen. "She not only adds height, but will enable us to get up and down the court from the center position."

Three junior college players, including two from Heuer's home state of California, should also help the Geoducks continue an uptrend that featured the highest scoring team in Evergreen women's basketball history a year ago.

TySheanna Alewine, a 5-8 All-Central Valley Conference choice at Merced Community College last season, was also her team's Best Defensive Player and Most Inspirational Player. A three-sport athlete at Merced, she also played volleyball and long jumped for the Blue Devils.
"Ty brings athleticism to our team," said Heuer. "She can drive to the basket or pull up for the jumper. Most of all, she is tenacious on defense. She's focused and enjoys competing."

DoKesha Meacham, a 5-9 forward from Foothill Community College, averaged 13 points and nine rebounds per game for the Owls. She was named to the First Team All-Coast Conference, two all-tournament teams and was selected Best All Around player by her teammates.

"DoKesha will also bring us athleticism and versatility," said Heuer. "She is a competitor with a strong work ethic. She can play on the perimeter or on the inside."

Evergreen also added Bonita Wilcox, a stellar defensive guard from Olympic Community College, and the Wolfpack's Cale, who Heuer says "only knows one way to play - HARD."

"I am excited about the new additions to our program," said Heuer, whose team will open the season by hosting its annual King Oscar Classic on November 8&9, featuring Westminster College of Salt Lake City, Christian Heritage College of San Diego and Cascade College of Portland. "These student-athletes have the mindset, work ethic and most of all the will to compete."