2003-2004 Women's Basketball

Team Group photo

The New Mexico Junior College Women’s Basketball Team finished the 2002-2003 season with a 25-5 record. That was good enough for a 2nd place finish in the very difficult Western Junior College Athletic Conference and a berth in the Region V tournament last March. The 2003-2004 squad looks to improve on last season’s finish and continue to add to the winning tradition that has been established at NMJC.

The Lady Thunderbirds return nine sophomores, including 4 starters, from last season. This strong sophomore class is led by returning starters Miranda Swearengin, Toni Atherley, Eva Vodrazkova, and Johnice James. Swearengin, a 5’6 point guard, returns after a great freshman season which saw her named to the Western Junior College Athletic Conference All-Conference team as well as the Region V All-Region team, NMJC’s first All-Region performer since Anita Vuletic in 1996. Miranda is an explosive offensive player, who has proven to be an impact player for the Lady Thunderbirds and one of the top returning players in the nation. Atherley, a 5’8 guard, returns after being named to the Western Junior College Athletic Conference All-Conference Honorable Mention team. Toni is a fierce competitor who has shown the ability to make big plays at critical times. Vodrazkova, a 6’2 forward, returns after a stellar inaugural campaign in which she was the nation’s leading shot blocker. Eva is an extremely gifted offensive player, but her greatest asset is as one of the premier interior defenders in the country. James, a 5’11 forward, returns as one of the most exciting players on this year’s roster. Johnice’s intense, aggressive style of play is entertaining to watch and a nightmare for opposing teams. The remaining 5 returners and 1 transfer help round out one of the strongest sophomore classes to ever come through New Mexico Junior College. Catherine Coley, a 6’2 post player, returns after a very solid freshman season. Catherine’s physical play on both ends of the floor will be very important to the success of this year’s team. Angel Sparks, a 5’9 forward, returns after proving to be a very valuable commodity last season. Angel, a former high school post player, is a terrific athlete who excels defensively as well as in the transition game. Becky Thompson, a 6’0 post player, returns after showing many bright spots in her freshman season. Becky has steadily improved her game since arriving on campus and has shown a knack for doing the little things that are vital to a team’s success. Schmoca Stills, a 5’9 guard, returns after an injury plagued freshman season. Schmoca is a very sound player on both ends of the floor and being completely healthy, may turn some heads in her second season. Serena Lopez, a 6’1 post player, also returns from an injury riddled first season. Serena has a tremendous amount of ability offensively and will have an opportunity to provide the Lady T-Birds with some much needed interior scoring. The sophomore class also includes one transfer, Haley Dunlap, from Adams State University. Haley, a 5’8 guard, is a great perimeter shooter, who may prove to be a great addition to this year’s squad.
The freshman class while small in number, is a diverse and talented group, blending athleticism with fundamentals and savvy. Angelique Baulding and Alena Batovska will look to solidify this year’s backcourt. Up front, Orma Fisher and Marissa Williams should provide talent and productivity to the post position.

The key to this season could be how quickly the team blends its talent and finds the necessary chemistry to be successful. The season begins quickly when the Lady Thunderbirds open the season with national power Salt Lake City Community College, Rend Lake Community College, and Cochise Junior College in the Lady T-Bird Classic. The non-conference schedule doesn’t get any easier with trips to Tyler Junior College in Tyler, TX and Region V rival Weatherford College in Weatherford, TX. The coaching staff is extremely excited about the upcoming season and anxiously awaits the opening of WJCAC play.

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Game vs. Frank Phillips College Video:
Game vs. Frank Philips College Highlights photo

Game vs. Midland College Video:
Game vs. Midland College Highlights photo

Game vs. South Plains College Video:
Game vs. South Plains College Highlights photo

Game vs. Odessa College Video Highlights:
Game vs. Odessa College Highlights photo

Game vs. Wayland Baptist JV Video Highlights:
Game vs. Wayland Baptist Highlights photo

Game vs. Lubbock Christian JV Video Highlights:
Game vs. Lubbock Christian Highlights photo

Thunderbird Classic
CHAMPIONSHIP VIDEO:

Thunderbird Classic Tournament Action graphic
Thunderbird Classic Victory graphic