( Prospective Athletes Click MC or Text)
Transfer: Kansas Wesleyan University
Transfer: Holy Names University
Transfer: Humboldt State
Transfer: Concordia University Irvine
Women's Basketball News & Updates
2010-2011 Season Recap
Mendocino College Women's Basketball Represent in Student Government
Haley Ryals was recently named Publicity Director and Jessica Robles named Treasurer for the Mendocino College Associated Students Government. The two returners will help and organize campus events for the students of Mendocino College this Spring 2011.
(Click photo or text link to Media Guide)
Sophomore Night Media Guide
Sophomore Night was bitter sweet, ending season with a victory, but having to send two sophomores on to their future endeavors. Much luck to the graduating sophomores #42 Holly Egger and #5 Lauren Sutherland!
Check out the Sophomore Night Media Guide and read about the special sophomores of night!
Congratulations to Jessica Robles for representing the women's basketball program and school as;
Mendocino College Student Ambassador
After a long and competitive interview process, the Career & Transfer Center is happy to announce Mendocino College’s Student Ambassadors for the 2010-2011 school year! They are:
· Christina Kajla
· Emily Houghton
· Jane Khoury
· Jessica Robles
· Peter Marshall
We are quite excited to have our newest team of Student Ambassadors who will be telling other students about all of the different events and programs Mendocino College will have going on this year.
The first event they will be talking with students and the community about is our upcoming College & University Day this September 13th, from 10:00am – 1:00pm Under the Oaks between MacMillan Hall and the Lowery Library.
If you are an instructor and would like to have them give a 3-5 minute presentation about the event before September 10th, please email Candie Dickinson or Candi Whitman so we may set up a time.
**If you have an event you would like their assistance with, please email Candie Dickinson or Candi Whitman.
Women's Basketball Day of Caring Project
Mendocino College Women's Basketball team joined the community and worldwide event, Day Of Caring September 8th, 2010. The Eagles were stationed at the North Coast Opportunities building on 413 North State Street. The team contributed hard work and effort to prep the building for paint. Washing, scrubbing, scraping, and having fun were all part of the valuable experience of giving back to the community. Coach Steliga says, "it was a great team bonding experience, as well as a positive contribution to our community. We are very anxious to join in the community efforts again next year!"
Coach Steliga Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame
Former Two Year Player Tessa Giammona Signs with Kansas Wesleyan
Mendocino College women’s basketball is giving a bitter-sweet farewell to Tessa Giammona who recently signed with Kansas Wesleyan University to finish her college degree and join the coyotes’ basketball program on a scholarship. Head Coach Gordon Reimer of Kansas Wesleyan University women’s basketball comments that “Tessa has great basketball I.Q. which enables her to find open teammates and make good court decisions. She has the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket. Her work ethic and leadership skills will help the team succeed in reaching their goals. I look forward to coaching Tessa over the next stage in her basketball career.”
Tessa left a memorable imprint at Mendocino College contributing both her freshman and sophomore year. As a product of division II Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa, Tessa brought a high skill set to start her college career at Mendocino College. At Mendocino Giammona averaged 9.6 ppg, 2.5 apg, and 4.7 rpg her freshman year. She only got better her sophomore year; averaging 11.6 ppg, 2.9 apg, and 5.3 rpg. She helped lead the team as captain her sophomore year and earned Bay Valley All-Conference for the 2010 season. The team voted her Offensive MVP for her slashing and shooting skills and leading the team in scoring. Coach Jody Steliga comments, “Tessa brought knowledge and skill to the court and often created opportunities on the offensive end in critical possessions. She has been motivated since the first day of attending Mendocino to transfer and play four years of college basketball; I’m excited to see she has accomplished that goal and we wish her luck in this new journey.”
Mendocino College Women's Basketball Season Recap 2009-2010
The Mendocino College women’s basketball season has ended and there were many highlights throughout the 2009-2010 season. Mendocino finished fifth out of the Bay Valley Conference’s nine teams with a 7-9 record; overall, the eagles were 7-17. Mendocino faced several state ranked teams in pre-season making for a tough schedule, while the Bay Valley Conference improved its RPI with the top three teams earning playoff berth. Coach Steliga mentioned, “the Bay Valley has really improved as a whole, and the playoff berth of three teams is great for our conference.” In fact, Laney College, was Co-Champions with Solano in the Bay Valley Conference recently defeated top dog San Joaquin Delta in post conference play, and fell to Ventura College in the final eight at the State Tournament. Ventura continued onto winning the state championship against Fullerton College.
Mendocino College finished fifth in conference and had a big win by one point over state ranked Contra Costa at home. “The Contra Costa win was memorable because last year we lost by one in overtime, so swapping the outcome in our favor this year made for an exciting win,” stated Coach Steliga. Mendocino had five sophomores this year, and each of them held a vital contributing role for the eagles.
Brittany Castaneda filled a huge role for the eagles both of her years as the key point guard. This season Brittany was the main distributor and protector of the ball on offense averaging 2.5 assists, and also contributed just as much on the defensive end leading the team in steals at 2.3 a game. “Her confidence and ability to handle pressure improved sophomore year, she was a very important asset to our team’s success.” On a side note, Castaneda has received several recruit calls to continue her soccer career in college, like NAIA Division 1 school San Diego Christian. Lauren Hall was the center at only 5’8. Despite the height difference with teams, Hall battled averaging 6.6 rebounds and shot 47% from the floor, averaging nine points a game. “Lauren was a team captain and brought a level headed competiveness that was motivating for not only the players, but us coaches as well,” says Steliga. Sara Hernandez was a key scorer for the eagles, and main threat from behind the arc. Sara made 49 three’s on the season shooting 34% and averaged ten points a game. “Sara was key component to opening the floor through her outside shooting; she pulled out the defense to open scoring for others while scoring too.” Dakota Sanderson was a combo power forward and guard because of her skills inside and outside the key. Dakota led the Eagles in rebounding averaging 6.9 a game and chipped in a solid ten points. She also earned Honorable Mention All Conference for Bay Valley Conference. “Dakota was a smart defender and she was always in the right spots, and that same athleticism and strength carried over to the offensive end with great power moves and court awareness” said Coach Steliga. Lastly, Tessa Giammona was a team captain and was selected as Bay Valley All Conference and earned such honors by leading the eagles. She led in scoring at 11.6 points, in assists at 2.9, and third in rebounding at 5.3 a game. Giammona was a contributing factor from several angles. Coach Steliga stated, “Tessa brought knowledge and skill to the court and often created opportunities on the offensive end in critical possessions. She has been motivated since the first day of attending Mendocino to transfer and play four years of college basketball; I’m excited to help her accomplish that goal.”
The eagles brought some exciting victories and the five graduating sophomores are working toward transferring and continuing on their academic and possible athletic futures. “The possibilities are endless for all the Sophomores, it has been a pleasure guiding them the last two years. I expect only great things to come from these young women,” said Coach Steliga. The eagles are now back to improving skills in the off season basketball class and are preparing for next season!
CONGRATS to Assistant Coach Jaclyn Horiguchi & Head Trainer Naoto Horiguchi
with the birth of their first daughter, Lucy!
November 20th, 2010
Future Mendocino College Recruit !
Freshmen Lauren Hall earns Bay Valley All-Conference, Sophomore Andrea Elliston earns Honorable Mention & Academic All-Conference
#32 Lauren Hall -------------------- #22 Andrea Elliston
2006-2008 Starting Guard Katie Stiles Signs with Holy Names University
2007-2008 Sophomores earn Bay Valley All-Conference
Ukiah, CA – Three members from the Mendocino College women’s 2007/08 basketball team were recognized for their outstanding play this season. Sophomore’s Ashley Shepherd (Willits), Amber Shepherd (Willits) and Katie Stiles (Willits) were named First Team All Bay Valley Conference.
Ashley Shepherd averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds per game. "Ashley really worked hard to step up and fill her position as a sophomore and leader. Her contribution to the team was huge in the post,” Mendocino Head Coach Jody Steliga said.
Amber Shepherd averaged almost 12 points and almost 7 rebounds per game. “Amber was our tallest player, and was a threat as a guard and post. Her athletic talent was very evident through many of her plays,” Steliga said.
Stiles averaged 2.5 steals, 4 assists and 13 points per game.
"She was our team captain and really stepped up taking over our point guard position. Usually a shooting guard, Katie continued to be shooting threat and important protector and distributor of the ball," Steliga said.
According to Steliga, all three sophomores averaged over 40% shooting percentage from the field. They started and played together in all 26 games except one. “The sophomores really worked hard this year. They filled their roles on the team and contributed immensely to our second place seating in conference. They are unique and competitive young women who will accomplish whatever they dedicate themselves to, I only wish them the best," Steliga added. Mendocino finished the season with a overall record of 11-15 and finished second in conference with a 10-4 record.
Mendocino College's Hiring: Women's Basketball Coach
Former Mendocino College basketball standout Jody Steliga has been named the women’s head basketball coach at Mendocino College.
Steliga was a two-year all-conference guard for the Eagles (2003-2005), before earning an academic and athletic scholarship to Concordia University in Irvine, CA.
At Concordia University (2005-2007), Steliga was team captain and an academic All-American her senior year. She earned her B.A. in Art with emphasis in Graphic Design.
“She is an incredibly bright woman that we feel is the shot in the arm that our women’s basketball program needed. We are very excited that the women who are in our program and those in the future have a great example leading them.Her leadership abilities are outstanding and her knowledge of the game from her playing experience and assisting with Concordia University will be beneficial for all of us,” Mendocino College Athletic Director Gary Garabato said.
Having had a good experience at Mendocino College as a student-athlete, Steliga believes she can develop the program so that her players can have an even better experience than hers.
“Obviously there is always the goal of winning and I want to make this a strong program. I have a lot of pride in making this a successful program. I want to help prepare young women to transfer to four-year colleges,” Steliga said.
Steliga plans on recruiting and drawing players from throughout the recruiting area and getting a diversity of players to contribute, while helping them develop their skills to the fullest.
The love of basketball and desire to help student-athletes transfer to four-year institutions led Steliga into the coaching profession.
“Even if it is not going on to play basketball in college, I want to get student-athletes on track to continue their education. Just from my own experience, I understand the importance of academics and the great experience it is to play at the next level,” Steliga said.
A 2003 Ukiah High graduate, Steliga chose to attend Mendocino College for the opportunities the school presented in the classroom and on the court.
“The school and community are smaller, which allow student-athletes to focus on academics and dedicate themselves to basketball. I want to help young women obtain that same goal I strived for and accomplished; the goal to earn a scholarship and succeed in academics and athletics,” Steliga said.
Please be advised that this site is the only sanctioned site that provides information about our program, coaches and student / athletes. Mendocino College does not sponsor any other athletic sites, and you are advised that information provided at other sites about our program may be inaccurate, misleading and is being done without the consent of Mendocino College.