When the Connors State Cowgirls open the 2019-20 basketball season on Nov.1, 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 Nov. 1 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, Nov. 4. against Oklahoma Wesleyan University Junior Varsity at 5:30 p.m.
The five returning sophomores, who according to Fisher, have "worked extremely hard in the off-season and will be looked at for great leadership this upcoming year."
The returnees include Tateum Jones, 5-5 point guard from Hugo, Okla.; Melina Ludlow, 5-4 point guard from Talhina, Okla.; Jessica White, 6-2 post from Porter, Okla.; 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 at 12.7, who is headed to Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
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, Okla., High School and Oklahoma State.
"Makayla will be a transfer who has the potential to come in and compete for playing time with her ability to post up and hit the mid range jump shot.
"De'Asia is a big strong physical transfer post player who can score inside with her back to the basket. De'Asia will walk in and be an immediate impact for us right away."
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.
"Cheyanne is a good versatile guard that can defend and score in a couple different ways by getting to the rim and knocking down the open shot. She will provide great depth at the guard position," Fisher said.
Chalynn Mayes is a 6-0 post from Muldrow. "Chalynn is a good solid back to the basket post who can score through contact and has a good skill set for her size in position.
"Chalynn will have the opportunity to make a difference with her ability to score around the basket."
Baylee Hall is a 5-7 guard from Hulbert. "Baylee has the ability to compete for playing time with her ability to knock down the open mid range jump shot."
Trinity Phillips is a 5-8 guard from Beggs. "Trinity is an athletic guard who can defend her position very well and can knock down the open shot."
Nyla Finch is a 5-8 guard from Owasso. "Nyla has the opportunity to come in compete for playing time with her ability to rebound and defend her position."
Zipporah McCallister is a 5-7 point guard from Russellville, Ark. "Zee is a high IQ basketball player that can knock down the open 3-point shot and sees the floor well. Zee will provide good depth at the point guard position"
Jasmyn Taylor is a 6-0 guard/forward from Austin, Texas. "Jasmyn is a tremendous athlete who will be a hard match up with her ability to score in different ways by posting up or stretching the floor to hit the 3-point shot.
"Jasmyn is an extremely good rebounder and has the potential to come in and make an impact for the Cowgirls. "
The internationals players are Alkeia Rolle, 5-11 forward from Nassau, Bahamas and Isabel Fuentes-Gonzalez, 6-2 post from Santiago, Chile.
"Alkeia is an athletic forward who can stretch the floor with her ability to shoot beyond 15.
"While Isabel is a very skilled post player who can finish very well around the basket, and will make an impact inside the low post area," said Fisher.