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October 9, 2013

New, returning All-Americans bolster hopes of WC’s return to national stage

— Courtesy of Weatherford College

Weatherford College women’s basketball coach and athletic director Bob McKinley smiles and slowly answers after hearing the question _ ‘What’s it like having not one, not two, but THREE All-Americans on your team heading into the season?’

“That’s pretty good stock,” McKinley says, grinning. “But here’s what they always ask me, ‘What have you done for me lately?’ That’s what drives us.”

In other words, accolades from even the recent past, while very nice, don’t win games in the future.

But there’s every reason to believe the Lady Coyotes will once again win many more than they lose this season. The cornerstones of last season’s 25-6 squad that advanced to the second round of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Tournament are back, along with some key new additions.

Sophomore guard Bre Brooks was named both the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player and Newcomer of the Year after leading the league in scoring (17 points per game) and assists (7.6), along with a second-place finish in steals (2.6). 

Also, 6-foot-3 sophomore Itiana Taylor earned first-team All-Conference honors after averaging 14.4 points (fourth in conference) and tops in rebounds (10.7).

Both were also named NJCAA All-Americans.

And if that wasn’t enough to build this season around, McKinley had an All-American transfer to WC. Jacqueline Chandler from Hill has joined the Lady Coyotes. The Cleburne High School product began her college career at TCU before transferring to Hill. She took last season off, but in 2011-12 earned All-American status by finishing second in the conference in scoring (15.0), first in steals (4.2), and first in assists (7.1).

”I don’t want to play a team if they’ve got a better player than Bre,” said McKinley. “And no one on the team runs the floor better than I.T. (Taylor’s nickname).

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