|2||Briana Reynolds||5'9||Fr||G||Aragon||San Mateo|
|3||Tiffani Lowe||5'5||Fr||G||Lowell||San Francisco|
|4||Erica Ginn||5'6||So||G||Northgate||Walnut Creek|
|5||Akilah Jennings||5'10||So||G||Presentation||San Jose|
|10||Carissa Mills||5'10||Fr||G||Kings Academy||Saratoga|
|11||Tyiteyana Jefferson||5'10||So||F||Piedmont Hills||Hayward|
|13||AJ Leasau||5'8||So||G||Pioneer||San Jose|
|21||Lira Ndifon||5'8||So||G||Gunderson||San Jose|
|55||Essence Johnson||5'10||So||F||Gunderson||San Jose|
Coming off Back to Back Undefeated -Coast Conference League Titles the 2016-17 season looks promising for a 3-Peat. The Owls return All-League players AJ Leasau and Tyiteyana Jefferson along with Lira Ndifon, Erica Ginn and Essence Johnson from last year's Championship team. Foothill is also excited to add Sophomore transfer Akilah Jennings for the upcoming season. Akilah transferred back home from Northern Colorado University where she competed last season as a Freshman. In addition to the sophomores, Coach Craig is looking forward to the addition of freshman Jikara Sellers and Desiree Dedrick (Florin HS) as well as Carissa Mills (Kings Academy), Tiffani Lowe (Lowell HS) and Briana Reynolds (Aragon HS).
There are high expectations for this year's program as Foothill looks to repeat as Conference Champions, once again be the top Defense in the State and return to the 2017 State Tournament.
Craig says, this year's Pre-season will present a number of challenges early as Foothill opens the season at Chabot College, then returns to the Coca Cola Classic in Merced as the defending 2015 Tournament Champion. Foothill will open at Merced with Cypress College and then immediately face either the home team Merced or Santa Rosa in the next round. DVC or Fresno likely await Foothill on the other side of the bracket.
Following Merced, Foothill will travel to Sacramento for the Sasha Brown Classic at Sierra College featuring ranked teams, Sierra College, San Francisco City College, Sacramento City College and West Hills. The Owls are away at San Francisco City College just before Thanksgiving and following the Thanksgiving break, play Chabot College at home in the Owls Home Opener on Monday November 28th at 6pm.
In December, Foothill will then travel to Visalia to compete in the highly regarded 16 Team Gilcrest Classic at College of Sequoias. This tournament boasts many of the top teams in the state. Craig says, “Matching up against potentially 11 ranked opponents in the month of November would be a challenge for the most veteran club. We know we need to hit the ground running this season and need to play well early to reach our goals.
Foothill rounds out their Pre-Season by hosting Contra Costa College December 10th and then travels to San Diego for their last tournament after Christmas.
Craig hopes that once again putting her team through a rigorous pre-season will prepare them for a run at the 2017 Coast Conference Title and a deep run into the playoffs.
This year's team expects to need to be prepared to earn every victory as they are taking on a number of strong opponents who will all be gunning for them as Foothill is known to be one of the most prestigious programs in Nor-Cal. Come out and Support your Owls!
Returning to the helm of the Foothill Women’s Basketball Program on July 17th, 2014, Coach Craig faced what she felt was her biggest coaching challenge yet. Despite announcing in April 2014 her intent to return from her 1 year approved leave of absence, Craig was given the task to recruit her team in just two weeks starting July 17th. From there Craig began rebuilding the prestigious Foothill program that she had previously guided to 15 Conference Titles, 7 Elite 8 Appearances, 3 Final Fours and 2 State Final appearances in 2008 and 2012.”
Despite coming from humble beginnings, the 2014-15 Owls claimed yet another Coast Conference Title and a berth in the 2015 Nor Cal Playoffs. And they did it in an amazing fashion posting the program’s 13th 20+ Win season, going Undefeated (10-0) in League play with just 7 players, and having 3 players named First Team All-League (Rose Tahaafe, Leslie Tiongco), including the League MVP (Angie Reid).
Foothill also boasted the #1 Defense in the State for 2014-15, holding teams to a state low average of just 41.1 ppg. For her team’s efforts Coach Craig was named 2015 Coach of the Year. When asked if she was surprised at the amount of success her team had in her first season back, Craig responded “there is a lot of pride and tradition in the Foothill program and these kids showed an incredible level of grittiness and resilience as they took on all the challenges they faced head on.
There is a great deal of hope and promise moving towards the 2015-16 season with the addition of two sophomore transfers, Lauren Lete and Tallia Schivo and a group of talented freshman: AJ Leasau, Essence Johnson, Tyiteyana Jefferson, Lira Ndifon and Erica Ginn.
Craig says, despite last season’s success we have 7 new players in the program and as a team we face the challenge of coming together quickly as we face a very difficult pre-season schedule. “We will need a great deal of leadership from all fronts early as we work to build a team chemistry and a level of play which will make us competitive in November. I expect our returners, Breanna Salary, Shania Ratliff and Angie Reid to carry the load in this area early.
Foothill opens the season at the Coca Cola Classic in Merced, followed by their home opener Nov 17th against last year’s State Champion Chabot College, then off to the Sierra Tournament, followed by a single home game vs. San Francisco City College and followed up with the 16 team Contra Costa Tournament. Craig says, “All in all I expect to match up against 10 ranked opponents in the first part of our pre-season which would be a challenge for the most veteran club let alone a team with 7 new faces out of 10”.
So the Owls have their work cut out for them in the early part of the pre-season. The Owls will also bring back the Foothill Holiday Classic (Dec 28, 29 & 30) which includes Foothill, Irvine Valley, Sierra, Napa, Las Positas, LA Trade Tech, Las Medanos, and Ohlone.
Craig hopes that putting her team through a rigourous pre-season will prepare them for a run at a 2016 Coast Conference Title. They will face an experienced Mission squad who returns their entire starting line up from the 2014-15 season where they finished second behind the Owls.
This year’s team will have to be prepared to earn every victory this season as their opponents will be gunning for Foothill, who is still known to be one of the most prestigious programs in Nor-Cal.
Come out and support your Owls on their quest for another League Title and a State Tournament Appearance.
Contact Jody Craig
c/o Athletic Department
12345 El Monte Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA. 94022-4599
Phone: (650) 575-9393
Head Coach: Jody Craig (17th Year)
Assistant Coaches: Chris Joo, Rometra Craig
Athletic Director: Mike Teijeiro
Athletic Trainer: Michelle Schukraft