Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis CC Has a Big Goal

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis CC Has a Big Goal

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With four of five starters back from a 26-9 squad that placed fifth nationally last season, the women's basketball team at St. Louis Community College has set some pretty lofty goals for itself in 2017-18.

"Their goal is to win it all, to win a national championship," said coach Shelly Ethridge, who is in her ninth season with the Archers. "I've talked to them about it, stressing how hard it is just to make back-to-back trips to nationals, trying to keep their feet on the ground. But they've set their goals and they're very determined."

Ranked third in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll, the Archers are 13-0 and have dominated through the first half of their schedule, averaging 85.4 points a game while allowing just 55.8 a game.

Their closest game to date was a 73-61 win at State Fair Community College on Nov. 21.

"We have a good nucleus of players back, but I have to admit I'm a little surprised at some of our scores," Ethridge said. "The great thing about our start is that we've been able to get everybody a lot of playing time, which keeps them rested and hungry. Our practices have been extremely competitive because everybody's fighting for playing time."

Leading the way for the Archers is returning All-American Chrishana Wilson, a 5-foot-10 sophomore from Gateway STEM who leads the team in scoring (15.5), rebounding (13.5) and steals (2.8). Next year, she'll play at Division I University of Missouri Kansas City.

Wilsonwas a first-team Post-Dispatch All-Metro selection in track as a senior in 2016. "We were fortunate to get Chrishana; she was an under-the-radar basketball player who turned down some DI opportunities in track to join us," Ethridge said. "She developed a good relationship with one of my assistant coaches, Melanie Marcy, put track and field on hold and it's really worked out well for her and for our program."

The coach continued: "One of the more gratifying parts of this job is giving players an opportunity to continue their careers at the next level. We take a lot of pride in giving every player that chance. Now, they might not all elect to go on but at least we want to try and give them some options. …

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