TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2008
Women's basketball coaches to play for newly created Jacksonville Cougars of the WBCBL
It just happened to be by chance, but a simple phone call about one of their players led a pair of JU assistant coaches to revive their careers as Dee Pennix and DeUnna Hendrix will play for the newly formed Jacksonville Cougars of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League.
The WBCBL's mission is to provide highly competitive basketball for women in the United States. The competition level will vary from former college players to former NWBL and WNBA players and current International players in a league consisted of four regions and 29 teams.
In addition, the WBCBL has built a networking relationship with professional international basketball scouts and agents to broaden the possibility of higher-level professional jobs being offered.
“We got a phone call one day about Ashley Williams and whether she would be interested in playing in the league,” said Pennix, who played collegiately at High Point University. “While we were talking, they asked if we knew of any assistants or graduate assistants who would be interested in trying out for the team. DeUnna and I went to tryout and we both made the squad.”
Pennix and Hendrix will join a squad of 14, which consists of players from 26-to-40, and will compete in the Suncoast Region against the Florida Heat, Florida Nighthawks, Lauderdale Lions, Miami Rain, Orlando Spirit, Palm Beach Storm and the Tampa X-Factor.
The schedule will be one single game every Saturday, beginning on June 7, with all Jacksonville Cougar home games to be played at Raines High School.
“We are doing it just to keep playing basketball because it’s what we love to do,” said Hendrix, who played collegiately at the University of Richmond. “This gives us an opportunity to play competitive games once a week and we are really looking forward to it.”
Curtis Foster, co-owner of the Savannah Warriors of the Southern Region, said players and coaches from leagues in Europe and South America, as well as former WNBA players, will take part in the league, giving local players exposure to prospective professional leagues and teams.
"These young ladies will have the opportunities for a second chance," Foster said. "A lot of them get out of school and they don't have anything else to do, and they play (recreational) ball. Some of them still have dreams of trying to make it to the next level. This is an opportunity for them."
2008-09 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL