After a school-worst 0-26 finish to the 2014-2015 season, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville women’s basketball team has decided to clean house, starting with the roster.
First-year head coach Wade Scott has decided to cut all players except for forward Ope Ibrahim, Kyra Bauer, Kaila Cihzer and guard Ashley Viera.
“I enjoyed all of these players and coaching them,” Scott said. “But at the end of the day it (coaching college athletis) is a business.”
Scott is coming off his first season as head coach and is the 13th head coach in Javelina women’s basketball history. He joined TAMUK after eight seasons as an assistant coach on the University of Houston women’s basketball team.
“We had a lot of players commit (for next season) but I can’t say anything right now until compliance signs off.”
According to a former Javelina basketball player who asked not to be named, Scott made his decision to trim the roster just weeks after the final game of the season.
“I don’t agree with it at all,” she said. “I just feel like two of the girls that were kept don’t produce.”
Still, with a winless season, it was easy to see changes were coming, she said. And that could be a problem since more than half the roster still needs to be filled. The players cut include two who would have completed their college eligibility next year, she said.
“I feel like he (Scott) should have kept the soon-to-be seniors just because these girls have been at TAMUK since their freshman year,” she said. “For him to cut them because they weren’t his recruits is what hurt us.
“We did everything he asked and for him to penalize the girls who still have eligibility is wrong.”
Scott has signed two junior college players so far this recruiting season – Kaylin Roher and Kaylee Kana, who will join the Javelinas come fall.
Kana is a 6-foot forward who played the past two years at Ranger College in Ranger, Texas, where she averaged 9.5 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game in 26 games.
Scott now has a chance to build his team through recruting and avoic another winless season.
New faces and new chemistry could just be what the team needs to turn the team around, she said, but she feels she and her former teammates got the short end of the stick.