The Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball program will feature five returning players to its’ 2021-2022 roster, including two third-year players in Bi’Anna Pettis and Jamila Nansikombi. Pettis and Nansikombi are taking advantage of the additional year of eligibility issued by the NJCAA due to COVID-19 and will be considered sophomores.
Coach Haden on Pettis:
“Bi’Anna brings an incredible amount of toughness and competitive edge to our program. She has always been one of our best defensive players, but she worked extremely hard last year to improve her outside shooting and become a threat from the three-point line. Hopefully, she can pick up where she left off and continue to help us on both ends of the floor.”
Nansikombi, a 5’10 guard from Kampala, Uganda redshirted last season after an ACL injury. Her freshman season, she scored a career high 17 points vs Three Rivers.
Coach Haden on Nansikombi:
“I’m really excited for Moberly fans to finally see Zama healthy this season. She is a dynamic player who can impact a game in so many ways. She has continued to find ways to improve her skill set while rehabbing her ACL injury. I’m expecting a great year from her.”
Keiori Lee, a 5’10 guard from Auburn Hills, MI saw action in every game her freshmen season, scoring 14 points twice, including in a Region XVI semifinal win vs Crowder including 4 three-pointers.
Coach Haden on Lee:
“Keiori is a very talented player who can really shoot the ball when she is playing with confidence. We saw some spurts of what she is capable of last season, but now that she is acclimated to the college level, I expect her to be a big contributor for us.”
Angel Lee, a 5’9 guard from Kansas City, MO saw limited action for the Lady Greyhounds last season but was a key part of a region win at Mineral Area College, helping MACC recover from a 12-point deficit with under 7 minutes to go and making critical free throws to seal the game.
“Angel is a tough-nosed player who is very good on the defensive end of the floor and rebounding for her position. She is a really hard worker who is continuing to work on her game offensively. I’m excited to see her progress when she gets back on campus.”
Kaitlyn Simms, a 6’1 forward from St. Louis, MO also saw limited minutes for MACC in the 2020-2021 season.
“Kat really improved over the course of last season. I think she would have played more at a lot of programs, but she was in a tough spot playing behind Kayla Langley, NJ Weems and B’Aunce Carter. I really appreciate how she continued to work and I think she will reap the rewards of that this season.”
These five players turn to Moberly after an overall record of 18-6 and a NJCAA National Tournament appearance after receiving an at-large bid.