Women’s basketball adds six new players

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

Similar to the men’s team, women’s basketball head coach Billi Chambers announced six new additions in a major influx of talent on April 23.

Chambers’ additions include Jenae Dublin, Kika Hodge-Carr, Hannah King, Anouschka Meijer, Jessica Rogers and Olivia Vezaldenos.

Each and every player was handpicked by Chambers, who hopes the players will add certain aspects to the team to create a championship-winning team.

Dublin is a Maryland native and was highlighted by The Washington Post as the player to watch in the state of Maryland for the 2019-2020 season. She was added for her tall 6-foot 2-inch build, guarding skills and adaptability to play all over the court, according to Chambers.

Hogde-Carr comes from Iceland, where she’s played with her youth national team every year since 2014. She was added for her athleticism, strength and versatility, Chambers said.
King, from Apopka, Florida, played college basketball with the College of Central Florida, starting in 30 games out of the 34 games she’s played. She was added for her defensive abilities, according to Chambers.

Meijer is from the Netherlands and, similar to Hodge-Carr, has played with her national team since the age of 13. She was signed for her talent in the point guard position and her ability to lead a top team, Chambers said.

Rogers played for the University of Rhode Island and Rutherford High School, where she earned the first team All-League honor three times. Chambers added her to the team for her three-ball ability and rebounding skill.

Vezaldenos has a plethora of honors under her belt, including First Team All-Conference, Second Team All-State, Female Athlete of the Year, Second Team All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference honors and GNAC Newcomer of the Year. She was added to the team for her high basketball IQ, maturity and shooting ability, according to Chambers.

Chambers is happy with her new additions and hopes the combination of these new players with the current team will make a winning team.

“This group of newcomers, in addition to our fall signees, is a special class,” Chambers said. “They bring talent, athleticism, basketball IQ and most of all, high character.”