Action-packed women's basketball returns Tuesday night
SAN MARCOS, CA (11/1/2021) – The 2021-22 women's basketball season tips off tomorrow night as they face L.A. Trade Tech College at 7 p.m. at home.
New for the Comets this season is the size of the team. With numbers low across the state, head coach Leigh Marshall will not have any redshirts bringing the hype energy at the end of the bench this season. Every member of the team is an active participant.
The Comets return two players, sophomore Sara Ahmadpour (Mission Hills) and Elexis Espina (Ramona). Ahmadpour played in every game for the Comets during the 2018-19 campaign before redshirting her second season. She averaged six points per game and about 10 minutes. Expect those numbers to dramatically increase this season as this sharpshooter is ready to play. Espina played in 30 games for the Comets during the 2019-20 campaign and averaged four points a game.
In the offseason and the COVID-19 year, Marshall brought in some heavy hitters to fill in roster spots. Sophomore Ariana Pagan (Carlsbad) brings size the Comets need in the middle while freshman guard Evelyn Terreza (Vista) helps bring speed. Deajanae Harvey (Granite Hills) is not necessarily new to the program, but it's been a while for her. She played back in 2015 before joining the United States Army. She's back and hungry for more.
Palomar opens their season against L.A. Trade Tech College, who also happens to be the last team they faced in the Dome during their 2019-20 CCCAA State Playoff run. They'll also face Mt. San Jacinto College (Nov. 12), East L.A. College (Nov. 20) and Mt. San Antonio College (Dec. 15), all long-time rivals for the program, before they open conference play in January.
In Pacific Coast Athletic Conference action this year, the Comets will face newcomer Cuyamaca College who added a women's program during the COVID-19 year. Palomar will also look to reclaim its dominance when they face MiraCosta College, who shocked the Comets twice to claim the conference title during the 2019-20 season. They'll first face each other on January 19 at 7 p.m. in the Dome.
At this time, spectators are limited at home events and varies by each institution. For guests who have been allowed access, masks must be worn at all times inside the Dome.