The Lady Hornets basketball team is entering the season led by head coach Marcia Foster, who is entering her third season at the helm and her first as a Fullerton College faculty member.
“[Fullerton] is perfect fit for me,” said Foster. “It allows me to make the most impact not only as a coach but as a instructor.”
Foster brings over 18 years of collegiate coaching experience to Fullerton. Since Foster’s arrival, the team has improved from only six win 2012-2013 season followed by seven win season and a 16 win season last year which saw the Lady Hornets qualify for postseason play.
Foster and the Lady Hornets look to take the next step and improve from last season’s SoCal Regional Playoff first round exit. The team also looks to find a replacement for first team All-Orange Empire Conference selection, Noelle Cobb who led the team in points and rebounds.
“Collectively we can be a very good team,” said Foster. “We are not looking for one person to fill the shoes of somebody we lost, I am looking at a whole team coming together.”
One player looking to make Foster’s job easier is sophomore guard Emilee Dy who is a returning after averaging 9.2 points a game last season.
“Were are a completely different team but the goal is still to win conference,” said Dy. “I just need to give 100 percent and help my team win.”
Someone looking to add their skill set to the team is incoming center Monica Hanna. Hanna looks to be the voice of the team down low and help the team on and off the court.
“I know I am on my way to becoming a dominate post player because of coach Foster,” said Hanna. “I feel comfortable with the team. It feels good to be around people with the same goals and same mindset, it can only help me succeed.”
Foster will be helped by her staff Neal Day and Tai Huskey who are former Hornets themselves. Day has been a part of the Lady Hornets basketball team with previous coaching staffs and Huskey is a former player for the team.
“They provide a different perspective because they are young and can relate to the players, but both know the game and played the game which will help bring the program back to what we want it to be,” said Foster.
The CCCAA released preseason polls which had Fullerton ranked No. 15 in the South Region.
The Lady Hornets officially open the season Nov. 13 at the Santa Barbara Crossover Tournament when they open group play against Moorpark College.