It all starts with recruiting and that is but one reason the Gonzaga Women's Basketball Program is now perched near the top of the WCC and poised to take the top spot. The class of 2005 could very well end up being the best at GU in years, helping to maintain the rising program that Head Coach Kelly Graves and his staff have built. Two of the most promising recruits visit Sept. 3-5.
The San Diego area's best point guard resides in Oceanside and attends Bishops School. The super quick 5'4" dynamo impresses almost every game she plays. In fact, look up her list of accomplishments and accolades like MVP or All-Conference or Player of the Game or 1st-Team are awarded Tamika for her outstanding play. Lipford usually scores in the teens, looking to dish first, score second. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Tamika is just how much of a winner she is. She has been a key to her school's six year conference domination. A famous coach once said, "Speed trumps size," and Lipford proves that every game. The southern California star played on the same AAU team as freshman Gonzaga Bulldog Dominique Harris.
"Everyone knows the ball is going to Tay Hester but few have been able to do anything about it," wrote one sportswriter who watched Hester average 20.8 points per game and earn almost every award possible. The Perris High School product in Moreno Valley, CA., is an unstoppable offensive force, able to create her own shot and shoot 3-balls or spot up and catch-and-shoot from anywhere. She also has the talent to drive to the hoop and either stop-and-pop a mid-range shot or lay it in or float a runner over a post player. Hester spent her 2004 summer playing for the vaunted AAU team West Coast All-Stars, arguably the most elite team in the country.