Season Outlook (2012-2013)
2012 All-American and last year's leading scorer, Katie Jo Mullens has graduated, but the Cougars are looking to 3-peat as regional champions and
take another step forward toward bringing home the school's first national championship in women's basketball. Coming off their first ever appearance
in the semi-finals of the NCCAA Division II National Tournament, the Clearwater Christian College Women's Basketball team will have a new look for the
2012-2013 season. Coach Anthony Wilson, a 2004 graduate of the Men's Basketball program at CCC, takes over as the new head coach, and a lot of new faces
join the team.
Junior guard Tori Hale will be counted on to fill the big shoes of Mullens by building on an outstanding second half of the season during which Hale
averaged 14.2 PPG and 3.1 APG. Seniors Tiffany Pack and Alyssa Zallie will be called upon to provide strong leadership as the young team develops over
the course of the season. Tiffany Pack shot an eye-popping 40% from behind the 3-point arc during the 2011-2012 season on her way to averaging 10.2 PPG.
Alyssa Zallie will bring a defensive tenacity and additional ball handling to the team this year. Finally, returner Kimberly Vilchez will build upon the
experience that she gained during the second half of the 2011-2012 season toward becoming a consistent contributor to the success of the Cougars' season.
But the story of the season for the Cougars will be the new faces all over the court. 6'2" Junior Savannah Jelsma will provide a defensive and rebounding
presence in the middle along with 5'11" Freshman Danielle Fressel and 5'10" Junior Whitney Redemann. Charity Henry returns to the team after missing the
second half of last season and will continue to improve as the season develops. Rachel Maurer and Grace Thomas will all provide much needed depth and
athleticism to the guard positions throughout the season. Finally, Bekah Misiura will continue to recover from a knee injury suffered during her senior
year of high school. Once rehab is complete, her fundamental skills will provide an opportunity for her to have an immediate impact on the team.
Coach Wilson says, "I am pleased with the team that the Lord has brought together for this season. This is a group of young women that are excited to
grow in the game of basketball as well as in their walk with Christ. They will be a vital part of building upon the foundation that was laid by the
many women's basketball players and coaches at CCC before them." CCC will play a 22 game regular season schedule including 6 games against teams from
the NAIA Division II's Sun Conference. After the Alumni game on October 27, the women's basketball team officially opens the season November 13 on the
road against the Royals of Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida. The Warner game will be followed by the home opener against Hillsborough Community
College at 5:00 p.m. on November 15. During the season, highlight road games include road games at Bob Jones University on February 1 and at Pensacola
Christian College on February 9. On February 12, the regular season will close out with Senior Night against the Falcons of Florida College.
On February 22-23, the Cougars will have a chance to 3-peat as South Region Champions on their home court. Should they accomplish the 3-peat, they will
compete in the NCCAA Division II National Championship Tournament in Circleville, Ohio, March 7-9.
Schedules and Scores
One of CCC's most decorated athletes, Tori is a junior biology major. "Having transferred to Clearwater in the middle of my sophomore year, I was very
uneasy about the new environment I would soon be entering. However, the Lord made this transition extremely easy. Spiritually, the family environment
has allowed me to create friendships that have challenged me in my walk with Christ. Academically, the teacher's personal desire is for each student
to perform at his highest potential so they are willing to help each student outside the classroom. Athletically, the Lord has allowed me to be a part
of the college's soccer and basketball teams. As I look back, it's obvious to see that transferring to CCC was one of the best decisions that I have
made for my spiritual, emotional and academic well-being."