McPherson College women’s basketball coach Gordon Reimer didn’t have a single senior on his team last year, so he’s been very judicious in his recruiting.
Reimer today announced the addition of five new players to join a large group of returning players.
New Bulldogs are transfers Sonerka White (Houston, Texas / Coastal Bend College) and Julie Olvera (Bakersfield, Calif. / Bakersfield College) in addition to freshmen Nicole Abunaja (Phoenix, Ariz. / Desert Vista HS), Kristin Potter (Katy, Texas / Cypress Lakes HS) and Brittany Roberts (Mansfield, Texas / Lake Ridge HS).
• Sonerka White, 5-8, SG/PG, Houston, Texas / Eisenhower HS / Coastal Bend College
White started 45 of 60 games for Coastal Bend College over the last two seasons, averaging 9.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game. She exceeded 20 points on four occasions, including 32 points in her first collegiate outing and 25 points twice. A graduate of Eisenhower High School, White earned two letters playing for head coaches Kisha Jones and Alex Bowman. She was named Class 5A District 18 Newcomer of the Year in 2013 and to the Class 5A All-District 18 first team in 2015.
"Sonerka will provide instant offense as she is a matchup nightmare for opposing teams,” Reimer said. “She can hit the open 3 and can break a defense down and get to the rim. Her athleticism will make her an impact player on both sides of the court."
She is the daughter of Gwen and Alvin White and is anticipating majoring in psychology.
• Julie Olvera, 5-6, G, Bakersfield, Calif. / Garces Memorial / Bakersfield College
Olvera started 35 of 47 games played in two seasons at Bakersfield College, averaging 8.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game. As a sophomore she averaged 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists. As a prep at Garces Memorial High School, she averaged 6.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
"Julie is a coach's dream player because of her energy, love of basketball and basketball I.Q.,” Reimer said. “She has a true team-first quality that will be contagious. She will bring some experience to the court as she has played two years of college basketball."
She is the daughter of Angie Olvera.
• Nicole Abunaja, 5-6, SG/PG, Phoenix, Ariz. / Desert Vista HS
Abunaja averaged 11 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game at Desert Vista HS. She served as captain during her senior season and also played badminton and participated in track and field at Desert Vista.
"Nicole might only be a freshman, but her maturity is beyond her years as a player and as a person,” Reimer said. “She will provide us a much-needed 3-point threat. She is a tenacious defender, has great court awareness and knows when to look to score."
She is the daughter of Brian and Houda Muzzy and intends on majoring in business finance. She has also participated in club basketball with the KN9NE Platinum team.
Stats not available for Potter and Roberts, but Reimer did comment on them.
• Kristin Potter, 5-11, PF/C, Katy, Texas / Cypress Lakes HS
"Kristin will give us some depth at the post position,” Reimer said. “She has many intangible qualities that will make her a fun player to coach."
• Brittany Roberts, 5-9, SF, Mansfield, Texas / Lake Ridge HS
"Brittany has tremendous upside as she is a very strong athletic post player,” Reimer said. “She will provide us with an enforcer-in-the -paint type of attitude."