Women's College Basketball

Teams of the decade: Wildcats building toward challenging conference elite

Randi Lee Plunkett went from starring at nearby Marion County to being a four-year mainstay in the Culver-Stockton College women's basketball team's lineup and one of the Wildcats' best players of the decade. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 6, 2020 12:01 am Updated: Jul. 6, 2020 1:46 pm

Janette Burgin's challenge when taking over the Culver-Stockton College women's basketball program was to elevate it to the upper echelon in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

A 20-win season and an NAIA national tournament invitation last winter showed the Wildcats are well on their wat as a new decade begins to unfold. Getting to that point took persistence, determination and drive -- characteristics that define the top players of the past decade. They combined talent with intellect to create a path for success.

Here's a look at the C-SC women's basketball program's team of the decade for 2010-19, as selected by Senior Sports Writer Matt Schuckman:

 

Lacey Clark, Forward, Class of 2019

Clark helped the Wildcats build momentum for the next decade as she earned NAIA All-American honorable mention as a senior when she averaged a team-high 13.5 points to go with 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals. In the Heart of America Athletic Conference, Clark ranked 10th in scoring, fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (37.4) and 13th in steals (50). She finished her career with 1,108 points, which ranks 15th on the school's all-time scoring list.

 

Kati Davis, Forward, Class of 2016

Davis was a key contributor for three seasons before a knee injury late in her junior season forced her to forego playing her senior season. She averaged 8.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in her career, which was highlighted by receiving the Heart of America Athletic Conference's Emil S. Liston Award for academics. Davis carried a 3.92 GPA while majoring in biological chemistry, while being named a Capital One Academic All-District second-team pick in 2014 and a Daktronics/NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 2015.

 

Ryan Dooley, Guard, Class of 2020

Dooley's junior season ranked as one of the best in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. She averaged 12 points and 4.9 rebounds, while ranking in the top 10 in the league in assists (3.3), steals (2.1), 3-point shooting (35.8 percent) and free-throw shooting (79.2 percent). She was a second-team All-Heart selection, and it catapulted her to a memorable senior season in which she was an NAIA honorable mention All-American to kickstart the next decade in style.

 

Carly Harper, Guard, Class of 2020

Harper helped start the resurgence that led to a national tournament invitation last winter, leading the Wildcats in scoring as a freshman when she was the only player to start all 30 games and earning honorable mention All-Heart of America Athletic Conference twice in her career. Offensively, Harper gave way to others later in her career but she managed to put up some impressive career numbers -- 1,020 points, 640 rebounds, 222 assists and 144 steals.

 

T.J. Hart, Guard, Class of 2016

As a senior, the sparkplug point guard earned second-team All-Heart of America Athletic Conference honors as she averaged 10.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals, while shooting 76.3 percent from the free-throw line. An honorable mention all-conference selection as a junior, Hart scored a career-high 24 points against Grand View and pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds against Peru State.

 

Larra Kubinski, Forward, Class of 2016

In two seasons with the Wildcats after transferring from Mineral Area Community College, Kubinski proved to be the perfect interior complement to Randi Lee Plunkett and T.J. Hart in the backcourt. As a junior, Kubinski averaged 10 points and 7.4 rebounds in earning second-team All-Heart of America Athletic Conference honors. She finished sixth in the Heart in rebound and fourth in blocked shots. As a senior, she averaged 8.1 points and 6.6 rebounds and was named a Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

 

Randi Lee Plunkett, Guard, Class of 2016

The Marion County product stayed close to home and developed into arguably the Wildcats' best player of the decade. Plunkett was a two-time NAIA honorable mention All-American, and as a senior, she averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. She recorded four double-doubles, had seven or more rebounds 13 times and dished out five or more assists twice. She earned first-team All-Heart of America Athletic Conference honors as a senior and was a four-time all-conference selection.

 

Mimi Reaves, Guard, Class of 2013

A junior college transfer who was with the program for only one season, Reaves was a second-team All-Heart of America Athletic Conference selection after leading the Wildcats in scoring during the 2012-13 season when she averaged 17.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 steals. She led the Heart in scoring, while also ranking third in field-goal percentage (38.0), fourth in free-throw percentage (77.5) and second in steals.

 

Courteney Sailor, Guard, Class of 2020

An honorable mention All-Heart of America Athletic Conference selection as a sophomore and a second-team selection as a senior when she averaged a career-high 10.5 points, Sailor played a critical role in pushing the Wildcats back to the 20-win plateau and into the national tournament picture. She played in 118 career games, scored 1,103 points, grabbed 528 rebounds and finished with 207 assists and 178 steals.

 

Aneshia Starks, Guard, Class of 2012

A transfer from Dakota State University for her senior season, Starks had an immediate impact as she was a first-team All-Heart of America Athletic Conference pick, the league's Newcomer of the Year and an NAIA honorable mention All-American. She led the Wildcats in scoring at 18.3 points and was seventh nationally with 549 points in the regular season. She also ranked third in the NAIA and second in the Heart with 100 steals, becoming the fourth player in program history to reach 100 steals in a season.