State Fair Community College rising sophomore Lady Roadrunner Alecia Cooley participated in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Weekend July 24-27 at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida.
She played with the top 40 rising sophomores in the country who were chosen by a committee from the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
“The first day each player goes through an individual workout at her position,” said Lady Roadrunners head coach Kevin Bucher. “Then they split the players into teams based on the workouts and have two practices before they start playing games.”
Cooley scored 10 points, pulled down eight rebounds and blocked three shots in the first game, and in the second game scored two points, pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked four shots.
“It was definitely different,” said Cooley. “I’m not used to playing teams from Arizona and Florida. They play a different style of basketball at a different pace than a lot of the girls I’ve played against.”
Cooley was named Second-Team All-Region 16. She helped lead her team to a 21-9 record and the program’s fourth appearance at the NJCAA Women’s Basketball national championship. Cooley was the third leading scorer and leading rebounder, averaging 11.4 points and seven rebounds per contest. She also led the team in blocked shots per game with 2.2.
“I thought she played pretty well at the all-star weekend,” said Bucher. “She did things she was capable of doing and didn’t try to do too much. People were pleased with how she played.”
Cooley has some advice for her teammates when she returns to SFCC this fall.
“I think all the freshmen should strive to be nominated for this event next year because it’s a really good experience,” she said.