The women’s basketball team will travel to Edmonds Community College for the season opener on Nov. 22.
Under third year head coach Brian Purugganan, the team will be competing in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges hoping to clench a spot in the NWAACC tournament. The team fell one game short of their goal of making it to the NWAACC tournament last year with an 8-8 record for the season.
The return of quite a few veteran players with experience will guide the new young talents. The team is prepared to play by hosting a fast-paced, run and gun offense and pressure defense that will tip the scales when it comes to games like the numerous close games they had the year before, according to Purugganan.
The Raiders lost three games by four or fewer points last year. These close games were especially significant against opponents like Tacoma Community College, a game that if they had won could have secured them a spot in the NWAACC tournament.
Blending the Raiders team with a mix of new and old will be a great opportunity to make this year the year the team makes their run to the NWAACC tournament. A few promising sophomore players are Unique Taufa’asau, Taylor Riley and Haley Hancock, who led this team with combined talents that will raise the chances of a winning season.
Working with other promising freshman players such as Kawehi Hagai, Lanaya Daniels and Yasmine Hernandez, the team should be further solidified offensively and defensively. Both Natasha Trinidad and Shaina Gustafson are new additions who transferred to Pierce.
Trinidad has transferred from the NWAACC champions Yakima Valley Community College. Gustafson is a transfer from Wenatchee Valley Community College and will be a sure fire bonus to the team’s defense, according to Purugganan.
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