WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 2005-2006
Record: Overall 20-11 GSAC 12-0
The women’s basketball team capped a very successful season with its second consecutive Garden State Athletic Conference Championship, the Region XIX Tournament Championship, and a 7 th place finish at the National Junior Tournament. Brookdale also prides itself on stopping their opponents with their tenacious team defense. Their hard work paid off, finishing in the top 10 in the Nation for the 7 th year in a row.
6’0” center Amy Gaudious, Long Branch HS, was selected a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American, an NJCAA Player of the Week, an Asbury Park Press Player of the Week and to the First Team All-Conference and All-Region basketball teams. She set a new record at Brookdale by scoring 19 double/double and 3 triple/double games. Point guard Becky Piper, Colts Neck HS, was chosen the Rose Battaglia Region XIX Player of the Year and joined her teammate as a Press Athlete of the Week. She was selected to the First Team All-Conference and All-Region teams. Danielle Vitalone, Middletown South HS, tied a National Tournament record for three point field goals – both in a single game (5) and total tournament (12). Power forward Tammy Wood, 6’0” from South River HS, and guard Stephanie Brady, Ocean Twp., came off the soccer and softball field long enough to create havoc in the GSAC. Stephanie led her team with 4 assists per game while “picking players’ pockets” at least three times a game. Tammy’s speed and leaping power helped her dominate the boards – 8 rpg. Howell HS’ Ashley Healy, 6’1”, shored up the post and garnered lots of respect as the freshman gathered in 7 rpg and 8 ppg. With no set starters, Keyport’s guard, Nicole Carroll and forward LaTisha Brown finished out the Blues game rotation. Their individual defensive prowess was highly respected by all teams causing 6 turnovers per game and a combined 8 point conversion rate. Caldwell College was the choice for Amy and Becky to continue their academic and basketball college careers. Steph and Tammy will be roaming the softball field at West Chester University.
With the graduation of this outstanding class, Brookdale will defend its Conference Championships with a young, talented and exciting team. 6’0” Sophomore center, Ashley Healy of Howell, will carry the front court responsibility of the Blues. Ash has all the tools to make a big impact in the conference. She has a 14 ft. jump shot that makes her very deceiving if teams think she is just a strong inside rebounder. An 85% free throw shooter makes her very dangerous. Along side Ash will be 6’0” Freshman Matawan HS graduate and UCONN transfer, Jolene Gamarra. “Jo” is a tenacious rebounder and has a nose for the ball. She possesses a hand quickness that can’t be taught and can transition down court as fast as the guards. Ashley Miller, 5’4” Freehold Boro HS, will take over the reins at the point. A defensive specialist, “little” Ash will have to penetrate and run the floor. Jen Johnson, 5’5”, Freehold Boro, is a deceivingly agile guard who can “slip” through and score from inside or hit from the short corner. Expect to see her on the perimeter if you try to defend her inside. The Jersey Blues will have to overcome the big loss of Toms River East HS guard, Regina Betz, who sustained an injury and will be out of action for the beginning of the season. Freshman transfer, Christine Silvers, Toms River North/Washington College, and Katie Miller of Raritan HS, provide quick defensive ability, strong rebounding skills and firepower down low or around the perimeter. They are a very versatile inside/outside duo both on offense and defense. With the graduation of Middletown South’s Danielle Vitalone and her record tying three point shooting, South teammate Allison Oliver allows the Jersey Blues to have strength from the perimeter. Allison is deadly from the three pointer arc, but she can drive and pitch, hit short range jumpers and handle the ball to take over the point if needed. Cross town teammate, Melissa Scragg of Middletown North HS, is a very strong defensive power.