2009-2010 Women's Hoops Roster is Released

The best news of the summer for SJSU women's basketball is that all the 2008-2009 recruits are in school. Second best - actually these are interchangeable - is the fact that the roster has seemingly stabilized as the returnees have, well, returned.

Yes, there are still scholarships in suspension due to inherited academic shortcomings but San Jose State Coach Pam DeCosta finally has her players, the ones committed to her and her style.

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:
Emacs!

* 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)

GUARD

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

FORWARD

Aumornai Edinburgh, 6-foot-0, senior
Marnesha Hall, 6-foot-0, junior
Danielle Keenan, 6-foot-0, freshman
Shaunna Ridge, 6-foot-0, senior

CENTER

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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