The Aggie forward position is led by 6'1" sophomore Tabytha Wampler. Wampler played in all 31 games for the Aggies last season as was a starter in nearly every game. "She got great experience as a freshman," said Coach Spence. She averaged 23.6 minutes per game and was the Aggies' leading rebounded along with departed senior center Niki Holt at five rebounds per game. Wampler led the team in rebounding eight times and scored a career high 15 points in a loss to Utah State.
"Tabytha is one of those high energy, vocal players that's also a glue player," said Coach Spence. "She can put up points and she can pull down rebounds." Wampler averaged 7.2 points per game and her point production will be relied upon down low to free up the Aggie perimeter offense. "Right now she's our go-to player around the basket. But she's also got the ability now to move out and she can handle the ball." Wampler also hit 8 of 17 three point attempts and can pull her defender out to the perimeter opening up the paint for the Aggie guards to drive to the basket. Wampler is also an effective passer having dished out 38 assists on the season averaging 1.2 assists per game.
Wampler proved to be a difference maker when she was on the floor but one area of improvement for her this season is in the foul department. Wampler was whistled for 107 fouls last season and fouled out of a team high eight games while no other Aggie fouled out more than three times last season.
Wampler will mainly be called upon to hold down the power forward position but her versatility and athleticism enable her to also shift to the five and also to the three. "She can play the four for us, she can play some five, she can play the three if we want to go bigger," said Coach Spence.
"She's slowly turning into a good leader for us. She brings a lot to the table in all aspects of the game."
Also holding down the three/four spot for the Aggies is junior forward Erica Sanchez. Sanchez played in 30 of the Aggies 31 games last season and started 18 games. She averaged 15.5 minutes per game but saw increased time late in the season after then senior Niki Holt went out with an ACL injury. "Erica started 16 or 17 games a year ago and that was a huge adjustment for her going from not playing very much as a freshman to all of the sudden she's in the starting lineup. She's matured a lot."
At 6'3" tall Sanchez is one of the tallest players on the Aggie team and her long frame made her an effective rebounder and shot blocker. She led the team with 10 rebounds in the regular season finale against Louisiana Tech, an impressive effort given the size that the Lady Techsters have in the post. She also finished the season as the team's second leading shot blocker with 22 blocked shots. She recorded 20 of the 22 blocked shots in league play. "She was one of the top shot blockers in the league a year ago," said Coach Spence.
In WAC play she averaged 4.6 rebounds per game collecting a total of 73 rebounds, second on the team only two Niki Holt's 75 and Tabytha Wampler's 75 in league play. "She's a very good offensive rebounder, she's got a knack for chasing balls down," said Coach Spence. "She provides a needed player as far as offensive rebounding and making open shots.
Sanchez also has the ability to score the ball as she hit 48 percent of her shots last season and she can step out and hit the occasional three point shot as well. "She's a very good face the basket, catch and shoot type of player. She's as good as we have in that aspect," said Coach Spence. "As her confidence has grown she has been able to look for her shot more."
"She's working hard on becoming a better defensive rebounder and more solid defender. She's got a lot of experience from a year ago that will benefit all of us this year."
Another key returner from last season's squad is 5'11" small forward Kelsie Rozendaal. Rozendaal appeared in 28 games last season for the Aggies and started one game. She averaged 11.7 minutes per game but made the most of every minute she was in the game. "Kelsie is that glue player that every coach loves to have," said Coach Spence. Rozendaal was a very effective player around the basket and in her limited minutes she hit almost 60 percent of her shots (.595) from the field hitting 22 of 37. "She can play a couple different positions, she works hard, she competes, she's quicker than what people realize so she can play out on the perimeter, she handles the ball well."
She finished as one of the Aggies' best free throw shooters hitting 21 of her 27 of her free throw attempts and was also a solid rebounder averaging 2.7 rebounds in her 11.6 minutes of floor time per game. "She's just one of those players that everything she does is positive for your team," said Coach Spence. "She can defend and she can score. She's one of those kids that coaches love to have."
Joining the Aggie frontcourt this season is 6'2" forward Malia Magazzeni. Magazzeni comes to the Aggies after having a highly successful high school career in which she helped lead her team to the 2008 and 2009 Arizona Class 5A State Championships. She averaged 7.2 rebounds and 5.8 points per game during her junior season and 6.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game during her senior season.
"Malia is another physical, good sized post player for us. She's very active, a very good runner and she runs the floor really well," said Coach Spence. "She can score the ball, she plays good defense and blocks shots which will be her role."
Hoping to have an impact this season is 6'2" forward Ashley Scroggins. Scroggins transferred from Pratt Community College after the 2007-2008 season and saw limited action during the 2008-2009 season for the Aggies. Scroggins appeared in 10 games scoring four points and grabbing 19 rebounds. "It took Ashley a longer time to adjust than what we'd have liked but she gives us a solid player around the basket," said Coach Spence.
"Ashley is a high energy, vocal player when she's on the court. She can defend and she can rebound and that's what we'll need from her."
During her final season at Pratt Community College, Scroggins played in all 30 of her team's games and shot 43.5 percent from the field and was a good free throw shooter converting 72.6 percent of her free throw attempts. "She can shoot the ball facing the basket, not a back to the basket type player but when she steps out she's got a good shot. She can make free throws and is just a good support type person to have around," said Coach Spence. "She's always vocal, always trying to help her teammates. She could have a pretty solid year for us."