When the Connors State Cowgirls open the 2019-20 basketball season on Friday, head coach Jamie Fisher, who begins his fifth season, will have 12 newcomers and five returnees from last season’s 15-16 team.

The Cowgirls open the season on the road at the Southern Arkansas Tech University Classic in Camden, Ark., on Friday against Southern Louisiana-Shreveport at 1 p.m. followed by a Saturday game with Cohoma (Miss.) Community College at noon, before opening at home on Monday against Oklahoma Wesleyan University JV at 5:30 p.m.

The returnees include Tateum Jones, 5-5 point guard from Hugo; Melina Ludlow, 5-4 point guard from Talhina; Jessica White, 6-2 post from Porter; Kailen Wright, 5-9 guard from Wylie, Texas; and Lauren Wright, 5-9 guard from Wylie, Texas.

 “I am really excited about this group of sophomores,” said Fisher. “They worked extremely hard in the spring and will provide great leadership to this incoming class.

“I am extremely excited about this upcoming season, and hoping this program can take another big step in the right direction.”

Among the five returning sophomores, the top returning scorer is Wright with a 5.8 scoring average.

Fisher loses his top two scorers from a year ago Shaniqua Patterson (16.5) and Vicki Dru (12.7). However, Fisher has brought in 12 newcomers to reload for the upcoming season.

Among those are two transfers De’Asia Reid, 6-2 post from Cincinnati, Ohio, who played at Tallahassee Community College last season. The other transfer is Makayla Maxwell,  5-10 forward from Hilldale.

The 10 freshman recruits includes five Oklahomans, one from Arkansas, Texas and two international players.

The Oklahomans include Cheyanne Crain 5-6, guard from Mounds;  Chalynn Mayes, 6-0 post from Muldrow; Baylee Hall, 5-7 guard from Hulbert; Trinity Phillips, 5-8 guard from Beggs;  Nyla Finch, 5-8 guard from Owasso; Zipporah McCallister, 5-7 point guard from Russellville, Ark.; Jasmyn Taylor, 6-0 guard/forward from Austin, Texas. 

The internationals players are Alkeia Rolle, 5-11 forward  from Nassau, Bahamas and Isabel Fuentes-Gonzalez, 6-2 post from Santiago, Chile.

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