By STEPHEN K. LEE; Sports Reporter Mobile Press Register
The Bishop State women's basketball team enters the season with a new game plan and some big shoes to fill. The Wildcats, who finished last season 6-19 and fifth in the Alabama Community College Conference, will look to stretch the floor.
"We'll probably play more of an up-tempo style because we have predominantly a guard-oriented ballclub," said coach Derrick Powe. "Even some of the post players can run the floor really well." Powe also likes the fact his roster, which includes 12 freshmen, has doubled in size from last season. "Last year we only had seven players," he said. "This year we have a full squad of 14. So we will have depth and a better nucleus as far as the defensive standpoint."
However, Bishop State will also have to fill the void left by guard Gerica Johnson, its top player from last season. Johnson, who averaged 20 points and seven rebounds per contest, now plays for the University of Mobile. The Wildcats will look to sophomore swing players and Davidson High School alums Kendalyn Thomas and China Thomas (no relation) as their leaders.
The Wildcats tip off their season today at 1 p.m. at the Cardiovascular Institute of Mississippi/First Bank Classic hosted by Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, Miss. All home games will be played at the former Shaw High School.