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Women Look to Rebound from First Loss

November 14, 2014

Khalia Miller  
Khalia Miller

With an auspicious 5-1 start, St. Louis Community College’s women’s basketball team would appear to be primed for a run at what would be a third NJCAA Tournament appearance in four years.

Leading the charge has been sophomore guard Deborah Holcomb. While Holcomb was an impact player for the Archers as a freshman, no STLCC women’s player has matched Holcomb’s six-game start since the program became districtwide in 2011.

The sophomore sharpshooter has averaged 23.8 points per game over that span, which included a career-best 34 points in an 84-64 win over Rend Lake on Nov. 5. She has scored at least 16 points in each game.

Khalia Miller, who missed the Archers’ first two games, is the only other player averaging in double figures with 12 points per game.

The Archers have outscored their opponents by an average of 22 points per contest.

However, that hot start – for both Holcomb and her Archer teammates – will face a stiff challenge this week, when STLCC travels to Shawnee Community College and Mid-South Community College on Friday (Nov. 14) and Saturday (Nov. 15), respectively.

The Archers squared off against Mid-South in a pair of games last year, winning both. However, the two teams’ most recent meeting, on Dec. 19, 2013, at STLCC-Forest Park, was a 76-67 Archers win that was not decided until the game’s final minute. Should STLCC win both games this weekend, it would mark the first 7-1 start for the Archers under head coach Shelly Ethridge.

The Archers will play their first home game Nov. 19 when they face McKendree University at 5:30 p.m.