Here are the 'newbies' and what they are bringing in:
5-foot-8 Britney Bradley, junior college transfer: quickness and scoring
5-foot-9 Rachel Finnegan, high schooler: a leader at the point who wants the responsibility
5-foot-11 Alisha Eckberg, high schooler: a scorer
6-foot-0 Danielle Keenan, high schooler: a defender
6-foot-3 Samantha Marez, junior college transfer: needed size and an all-around game in the middle
There are also two roster additions we are surmising to be walk-ons:
* Elizabeth Johnson, a 5-foot-2 frosh out of Dublin High: an honorable mention selection in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League
In a game last season against St. Francis of Mountain View, Johnson "led the Gaels defense until she fouled out, causing numerous turnovers. Along with her tough defense, Johnson scored nine points."
* Palagi Atoe, a 5-foot-8 junior out of Santa Rosa Junior College: we didn't find much on her:
* Brianna Ashley, 6-foot-2, out of Bishop O'Dowd, is red-shirting this season to provide additional recovery time for a knee injury. She possesses the best potential of any member of the team. Here's a portion of what we wrote about her earlier: "...as a member of the 2008-2009 First Team Hayward Area Athletic league (HAAL) squad. She averaged 12.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks a contest. She also shot 61% on the season..."
OFFICIAL ROSTER (alphabetically and by position)
Palagi Atoe, 5-foot-8 junior
Brittney Bradley, 5-foot-8 junior
Ashley Brown 5-foot-6 junior
Monique Coble, 5-foot-9, sophomore
Alisha Eckberg, 5-foot-11, freshman
Rachel Finnegan, 5-foot-9, freshman
Elizabeth Johnson, 5-foot-2, freshman
Sayja Sumler 5-foot-9 junior
Chasity Shavers 5-foot-11, senior
Aumornai Edinburgh, 6-foot-0, senior
Marnesha Hall, 6-foot-0, junior
Danielle Keenan, 6-foot-0, freshman
Shaunna Ridge, 6-foot-0, senior
Myesha Broaden 6-foot-2, sophomore
Dominique Hamilton, 6-foot-2, sophomore
Zlata Malicevic, 6-foot-3, sophomore
Samantha Marez, 6-foot-3, junior
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