As the 2018-19 season begins, the Women’s Basketball Apaches look to build on the success of previous teams, coached by Laura Hughes. Last year the Apaches recorded the most wins in college history at 29-3. The team won back to back Arizona Athletic Community College Conference Championships, the Region One tournament and participated for the second year in a row in the National Championship held in Lubbock, TX. The Apaches finished the season as one of the top 16 teams in the country. Players were named to the All-Conference, All-Region and All-American Teams.
Eight returning sophomores for the 2018-19 season will look to add experience and leadership to the Apaches, Awa Keita, Jaelyn Royal, Mikala BeGoody, See’Arriah Collins-Evans, Lauryn Gonzales, Yemiyah Morris, Jazzy Hughes, and Isabel Rodriguez. Sophomore transfers LaPraisjah Johnson, Magatte Sall, and Sasha Schoenborn will also look to make an impact this season.
A few new faces will also be making their debut for the Apaches. The Freshman class includes an athletic and skilled group of guards: Janessa Johnson, Kayla Harris, and Raena Suggs.
The Apaches will look to play an up-tempo style and outwork their opponents with a balanced team effort. The team will always work hard, play together and represent Cochise College in a positive manner.
The 2018-19 season will bring a tough and demanding schedule. The non-conference team from Texas and Utah will provide a good challenge for the Lady Apaches. The Arizona Community College Athletic Conference is once again a premier league in the NJCAA. Nationally ranked teams from the ACCAC appear in both the NJCAA Division I and Division II polls.