Team News, 2003-2004 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Women's Basketball

Stanley has Ohlone on rise

By Jack Rux, Staff Writer.
Reprinted from The Tri-Valley Herald - Thursday, February 15, 2004.

A run of adversity has hit the Ohlone College Lady Renegades in Elizabeth Stanley's third season as the women's basketball coach.

But despite three straight losses that have dropped the Lady Renegades to 9-4, this may still be their winter of content, if Stanley's record is any indication.

Judging by her 19-10 record last year and her previous eight seasons at Amador Valley High in Pleasanton (1993-2001), success should be her middle name.

She guided the Dons to five NorCal title games and three state finals.

Even with the recent spate of losses, Ohlone remains the leading women's JC team in the East Bay, and Stanley's squad is intent on ending San Jose City's three-year reign in the Coast Conference South Division. She remains confident.

"Every game we've lost, it's been close, and we've only lost to (state-)ranked teams," Stanley said. "We lost two games in overtime and one at the buzzer (to state power Butte). So we have been right there."

There has definitely been an Amador Valley connection that has helped Stanley in her efforts to turn around Ohlone.

Vanessa Rogers and Dominique Reed played for her at Amador Valley, and 6-foot-1 center Megan Foy, from a Minneapolis suburb, met Rogers when both were freshmen at Montana State last year.

Foy leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Rogers, a 5-5 guard, averages 14 ppg.

"I moved here because of Vanessa," Foy said. "She said you could play for her coach, and it would be a good deal."

It has been good, Foy affirmed.

"I love California. I'm staying with a wonderful family, and I'm just having a bunch of fun," Foy said. "And this season has put the fun back in the game for me."

The family with whom Foy is staying is Rogers', whose parents have moved to Fremont.

Although Foy left Montana State after one school year as did Rogers (all but six players quit the team, Foy said), Foy added that it was an overall positive experience.

"I grew as a person, I matured, and I learned how to deal with different types of people about me," Foy said. "It gave me a new aspect on basketball, academics and being independent."

Foy hopes to land at another Division I school after one season at Ohlone, and she thinks she will make a better choice this time.

Asked what she plans to do differently, Foy said: "Just to explore my options more. I just went with the first offer I got. I learned that coaches at any level are going to tell you what you want to hear. That's just a part of the recruiting process."

Meanwhile, the Renegades hope to get back on track, with the target date being Wednesday when they open conference play at San Jose City.

Helping in that regard should be the return of two starters -- 5-10 forward Salinna Grant, a sophomore from Livermore, and Mindi Winters, a freshman guard from Fremont's Washington High.

Grant returned Wednesday night from a one-month suspension for academic reasons (although she remained academically eligible), and Winters returned Friday from a severely sprained ankle suffered on a flagrant foul vs. Foothill on Dec.17.

"Salinna's our energy boost," Stanley said. "She gives us a charge, gets us going when we're down. And Mindi is our calm during the storm, almost the opposite of Salinna. She's just what we need when things get chaotic and shaky out there. She brings us back."

Jack Rux can be reached at (925) 416-4847 or at jrux@angnewspapers.com

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