Freshman Jada Ballew, 18, is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the daughter of Ronald and Lori Ballew. She attended Princeton High School, where she helped lead the team to win the State Championship in 2014. While in high school, Ballew received acknowledgement for her accomplishments as a GMC Academic Award recipient, Honorable Mention 2nd team, and for her 30 percent 3-point percentage. At Rend Lake College, Ballew plans to major in Pharmacy and transfer to a four-year university for her bachelor and master degrees. On the court, she said she's dedicated to working to improve on her field goal percentage and as a consistent scorer for the Lady Warriors.
Favorite Team: North Carolina Tarheels
Favorite Athlete: Dwyane Wade
Favorite Hobby: listening to music
Why she loves basketball: the competitive spirit
Freshman Jordann Bruenton, 18, is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the daughter of Yolanda Bruenton. She attended Princeton High School and helped the women's basketball team win the State Championship in 2014. Bruenton is a psychology major at Rend Lake College with intentions to become a forensic psychologist and work as a special investigation officer in the Air Force. As a Lady Warrior, she said she's going to work on scoring and helping RLC make it to Nationals.
Favorite Team: Spurs
Favorite Athlete: Toni Parker, Skylar Diggins
Favorite Hobby: being #1
Why she loves basketball: scoring and winning
Freshman Valencia Chandler, 18, is from Joliet, Illinois, and is the daughter of Sharee Chandler. She attended Joliet West High School. At Rend Lake College, Chandler is majoring in criminal justice with her sights set on transfering to a four-year school on a scholarship, getting her master's degree, and becoming a crime scene investigator. As a Lady Warrior, she said she's going to focus on her position and getting better at it each and every day. She also hopes to help the team get to Nationals.
Favorite Team: Oklahoma City Thunders
Favorite Athlete: Kevin Durant
Favorite Hobby: shopping and sleeping
Why she loves basketball: getting in shape and learning new things
Sophomore Savannah Enlow, 19, is from Corydon, Indiana, and is the daughter of Chad and Kelly Enlow. She attended Corydon Central High School. She is majoring in Dentistry at Rend Lake College and will graduate in May 2015. Enlow is the first in her family to attend college, and she is currently receiving a scholarship to do so and play basketball. This year, she hopes the Lady Warriors will not only go to Nationals, but win Nationals. After RLC, Enlow plans to continue to work on her degree and eventually open her own dentist office.
Favorite Team: Miami Heat
Favorite Athlete: Lebron James
Favorite Hobby: shopping and working out
Why she loves basketball: meeting new people and growing as a team
Freshman Brianna Hawkins, 18, is from Louisville, Kentucky, and is hte daughter of Lasha and Bryant Hawkins. She attended Central High where she played on the All-Region team her senior year and the All-Star team her junior year. Some of her personal stats include 18 points per game, nine rebounds per game, and six assists. Hawkins is majoring in psychology at RLC, but plans to play basketball overseas after graduation. This year for the Lady Warriors, she said she's going to be working on her position as point guard, hustling on the floor, and becoming a better shooter.
Favorite Team: any with Lebron James
Favorite Athlete: Lebron James, Diana Taurari, Maya Moore, Skylar Diggins, Cyntheia Cooper, Allen Iverson, Tamieka Catchings
Favorite Hobby: dancing
Why she loves basketball: the intensity of the games, defense, and winning
Sophomore Kristen Jenkins, 19, is from San Antonio, Texas, and is the daugther of Gary and Mary Ellen Jenkins. She attended Louis D. Brandeis High School where she maintained a 3.2 GPA and served as pit captain. Jenkins is currently an engineering major with plans to graduate in May 2015, obtain a bachelor's degree and a music minor at a four-year school, and get a good job. This year, Jenkins wants to help the team make it to Nationals.
Favorite Team: Spurs
Favorite Athlete: Tim Duncan
Favorite Hobby: reading and being outdoors
Why she loves basketball: moving the ball
Freshman Jenae Rowe, 17, is from Chicago, Illinois, and is the daughter of Ivy and Melvin Rowe. She attended Joliet West High School. At Rend Lake College, Rowe is majoring in criminal justice with plans to continue her education at a four-year institution and eventually become a judge. This year, Rowe wants to work on becoming a better ball handler and help the team do better than in previous years.
Favorite Team: New York Knicks, L.A. Clippers
Favorite Athlete: Carmelo Anthony
Favorite Hobby: cooking and sleeping
Why she loves basketball: the attention coaches pay to each player, not just one
Freshman Ieisha Sanders, 18, is from Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and is the daughter of Jayna Tolka. She attended Mt. Vernon Township High School and became one member of the South 7 Championship team. Sanders is a physical education student at Rend Lake College with plans to become a P.E. teacher and coach grade school girls basketball. This year, Sanders hopes to improve enough to start for the Lady Warriors.
Favorite Team: U.S. Men's Water Polo
Favorite Athlete: Bruce Jenner
Favorite Hobby: hanging out with friends and watching movies
Why she loves basketball: it takes her mind off everything else in the world
Freshman Jenna Spencer, 18, is from Radcliff, Kentucky, and is the daughter of Kathy Wade. She attended North Hardin High School where she averaged double-doubles throughout her senior year. At Rend Lake College, she is studying to be an athletic trainer on scholarship and hopes to continue to help athletes in her professional life. Spencer said she's looking forward to helping the Lady Warriors make it to Nationals this year.
Favorite Team: Minnesota Lynx
Favorite Athlete: Candace Parker
Favorite Hobby: fishing
Why she loves basketball: winning games
Freshman Mykhaela Tolds, 19, is from Houston, Texas, and is the daughter of Cynthia and Michael Tolds. She attended Manvel High School and helped the school win both District and State championships. She was also an Honorable Mention for the all-district team. Tolds is a criminal justice major at Rend Lake College who hopes to play basketball at a four-year school, continue her education, and work as a crime scene investigator or overseas for basketball after college. She plans to help the Lady Warriors get to Nationals this year.
Favorite Team: any team with Lebron James
Favorite Athlete: Lebron James, Maya Moore
Favorite Hobby: watching movies and shopping
Why she loves basketball: the game day and warm-ups make her forget about all other stress
Freshman Jasmine Washington, 18, is from Evansville, Indiana, and is the daughter of Tabatha and Tommy Washington. She attended Benjamin Bosse High School where she played an active role in helping her team reach and win City and State Championships. She was also named an All-State nominee. Washington is currently a psychology major at Rend Lake College with big plans to continue on to her master's degree at a four-year school. Washington has a finite plan to own her own firm, be married, and have children by age 27. As a Lady Warrior, Washington will focus on playing and scoring in every game to help the team have a winning season.
Favorite Team: Women - Connecticut; Men - UK
Favorite Athlete: Maya Moore, Derrick Rose
Favorite Hobby: eating
Why she loves basketball: the feeling after winning a game
Sophomore Natalie Williamson, 19, is from Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and is the daughter of Elmer and Gina Williamson. She attended Mt. Vernon Township High School where she worked hard to become a college athlete. At Rend Lake College, Williamson is an education major who plans to move on to a university to obtain her bachelor and master degrees before getting a job in her field. As a returning Lady Warrior, Williamson said she's hoping to help the team make it to Nationals this year.
Favorite Team: Chicago Bulls
Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan
Favorite Hobby: listening to music
Why she loves basketball: taking a break from the real world and doing something she's passionate about