November 28, 1997 in Sports

Nic Covered, Top To Bottom Dowhy, Goyne Lead Hopeful Cardinals Team

By The Spokesman-Review
 

They met at the Spokane airport just over a year ago. Erin Dowhy, a 6-foot-4 Canadian, joined North Idaho College women’s basketball coach Greg Crimp in welcoming 5-1 Australian Tammy Goyne to America.

First impressions?

“I was kind of shocked how tall she was,” Goyne said. “I came up to her waist I think.”

Said Dowhy: “She was so short. Seriously, I had seen short people before, but I never pictured them as good basketball players. We were both kind of shocked because we didn’t know what to expect. It was like meeting a relative for the first time.”

They became roommates for one semester. What followed? Lots of homesickness, food fights, wrestling - picture that! - and winning basketball.

Goyne and Dowhy were key role players during NIC’s magical 1996-97 season, which ended with a 29-6 record and a sixth-place finish at nationals. Goyne, who wears children’s size 5 shoes, was the designated spark off the bench. Dowhy (men’s size 11 shoes) was the backup center capable of points, rebounds and defensive intimidation.

Their assignments change this season, which begins tonight at a tournament in Bellevue, Wash. Goyne starts at point guard; Dowhy at center. Of the returning sophomores, they are the only ones who played considerable minutes a year ago.

“All my life, I’ve come off the bench,” Goyne said. “I’ve spoken to Greg and he wants me to start. I have to step up now. I’m a leader and I need to show that in my actions.”

Dowhy, too, is apprehensive but prepared. “I get nervous, real nervous, setting the momentum of the game, but I think I can do it.”

Dowhy can do many things uncommon for 6-4 players.

“When she first came here, she used to play behind the post and wouldn’t contest a shot,” Crimp said. “Now she swats most anything in the neighborhood.”

Dowhy’s arrival at NIC was something of a fluke. She was on Eastern Washington’s recruiting list, but dropped off when she didn’t take the SAT. Crimp learned of Dowhy through contacts at EWU and invited her to visit NIC.

Dowhy wasn’t much interested, but took the trip anyway. Coeur d’Alene changed her opinion.

“I loved the town, the size of it, the lake, the trees. And I loved (Christianson) gymnasium. It kind of reminds me of the movie ‘Hoosiers,”’ she said.

Dowhy endured a bumpy first few months at NIC. Her boyfriend was in Edmonton, basketball at times was a grind and bursitis was causing pain in her hip.

She often considered leaving.

“I’d have a bad practice and that was it. It was over and I wanted out,” said Dowhy, an avid snowboarder and rollerblader who played rugby in high school. “But once the games started and we started traveling, the team started feeling like a family instead of a bunch of girls you play with a couple of hours a day.”

Dowhy became a confident, productive player by season’s end.

She had another bout with homesickness a few months ago, but her attention is back on the upcoming season. “I was close to going home, real close,” she said, “but I could never turn my back on Greg.”

Crimp hopes Dowhy’s career doesn’t end after this season. She has orally committed to Colorado State, but now she’s not sure.

“It’d be a shame because potentially she’s a great player, but you have to have your heart into it,” Crimp said. “She’s very gifted.”

So is Goyne. She pesters opposing guards with full-throttle, full-court defense. Goyne had a team-high 95 steals, fourth best in the conference. “If they’re more worried about me than the game, that’s great for me,” she said.

Goyne was steered to NIC by an Australian friend who had played at Washington State. Like Dowhy, Goyne constantly thought of returning home.

“I would say I’m going home, but I knew I never would,” Goyne said. “So many Aussies come over here and say they’re going to stick it out and they wimp out.”

Goyne is far from wimpy. She dishes it out and she can take it.

“I play much better when Greg gets on my case,” she laughed. Goyne’s counted on for more than just relentless defense. She was among the league leaders in assists and 3-point shooting.

Her shooting range is virtually anytime the hoop is within eyesight.

“I don’t think about how far I’m out because I know I can shoot,” she said.

“When you see her play every night, the thing she really has is an understanding of the game,” Crimp said. “Even though she’ll make mistakes because she plays so aggressively, very few are from a misunderstanding of what we’re trying to do.”

Goyne plans on playing at a four-year school in Georgia next year. But that’s a season away.

“I have the same feeling at this point as I did last year,” said Goyne. “I’m looking at it like, ‘Can we play together?’ But it’s coming together. It’s just putting it all together.”

Dowhy agreed.

“We’re going to be good,” she said. Two of the main reasons why are the presence of Dowhy and Goyne.

, DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Color photo

MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story:

NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Coach: Greg Crimp (fourth year)

Assistant coaches: Kristi Johnson, Trina Runge

1996 record: 29-6, 14-4 (third place Scenic West Athletic Conference)

Players to watch: So. Tammy Goyne (5-1, PG); So. Julie Grohs (5-10, F); So. Erin Dowhy (6-4, C); So. Barrie Jensen (5-11, F).

Key newcomers: Fr. Mandy Lindhe (5-7, G); Fr. Becki Huddle (5-6, G); Fr. Alisha Nater (6-3, C); Fr. Alyssa Heier (5-10, F).

Bonus points: NIC, ranked No. 15, plays just four games before facing Ricks, among the SWAC favorites, on Dec. 6… . The SWAC women’s champion will host the men’s and women’s Region 18 Tournaments… . Four players from last year have continued their careers - Jana Nearing, Phillips (Okla.) University; Angie Dickson, Dowling College, Oakdale, N.Y.; Shawna Rainer, Boston College; and Mandy Jacques, Long Beach State. Jaime Richards plans on playing softball at Phillips…. Nater is the daughter of Swen Nater, ex-UCLA center.

Outlook: NIC lost loads of talent and depth off last year’s Region 18 championship team, but appears physically capable of repeating. The key will be developing the intangibles - leadership, chemistry, mental toughness - that came together a year ago. The Cardinals are taller and quicker, but might not be as deep. Forward Julie Grohs, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, returns to add much-needed experience. She’s not 100 percent, but improves daily. Before the injury, Grohs was NIC’s second-leading scorer.

ROSTER

Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown

Kelly Middlesworth G 5-4 Fr. Kirkland, Wash.

Tammy Goyne G 5-1 So. Boronia, Australia

Becki Huddle G 5-6 Fr. Spokane

Julie Grohs F 5-10 So. Salmon, Idaho

Amy Lemon G/F 5-6 Fr. Kellogg, Idaho

Audrey Rehder G 5-6 So. Cottonwood, Idaho

Katie Hatrock G 5-51 Fr. Coeur d’Alene

Mandy Lindhe G 5-7 Fr. Tonasket, Wash.

Jodi Fisher F/C 6-0 Fr. Polson, Mont.

Shanna Robison F 5-10 Fr. St. Ignatius, Mont.

Alyssa Heier F 5-10 Fr. Kendrick, Idaho

Erin Dowhy C 6-4 So. Edmonton, Alberta

Lorricha Broxton F 5-7 Fr. Washington D.C.

Alisha Nater C 6-3 Fr. Enumclaw, Wash.

Barrie Jensen F 5-11 So. Boise, Idaho

Jenny Smethers C 6-2 So. Boise, Idaho

SCHEDULE (all times PST)

Nov. 28-30 Bellevue (Wash.) tourney TBA

Dec. 2 at Walla Walla 6 p.m.

Dec. 6 vs. Ricks 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 10 vs. Big Bend 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 12 at Utah Valley 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 13 at Salt Lake 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 16 vs. Spokane 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 2-3 Big Bend tourney TBA

Jan. 8 vs. Snow 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 10 vs. Dixie 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 16 at Southern Idaho 5 p.m.

Jan. 17 at Treasure Valley 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 22 vs. Colo. NW 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 24 vs. Eastern Utah 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 27 vs. Walla Walla 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 29 vs. Salt Lake 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 31 vs. Utah Valley 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 6 at Dixie 5 p.m.

Feb. 7 at Snow 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 12 vs. Treasure Valley 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 14 vs. Southern Idaho 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 20 at Eastern Utah 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 21 at Colo. NW 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 28 at Ricks 4:30 p.m.

March 4-7 Region 18 tourney TBA

March 17-21 NJCAA tourney TBA

This sidebar appeared with the story: NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Coach: Greg Crimp (fourth year) Assistant coaches: Kristi Johnson, Trina Runge 1996 record: 29-6, 14-4 (third place Scenic West Athletic Conference) Players to watch: So. Tammy Goyne (5-1, PG); So. Julie Grohs (5-10, F); So. Erin Dowhy (6-4, C); So. Barrie Jensen (5-11, F). Key newcomers: Fr. Mandy Lindhe (5-7, G); Fr. Becki Huddle (5-6, G); Fr. Alisha Nater (6-3, C); Fr. Alyssa Heier (5-10, F). Bonus points: NIC, ranked No. 15, plays just four games before facing Ricks, among the SWAC favorites, on Dec. 6… . The SWAC women’s champion will host the men’s and women’s Region 18 Tournaments… . Four players from last year have continued their careers - Jana Nearing, Phillips (Okla.) University; Angie Dickson, Dowling College, Oakdale, N.Y.; Shawna Rainer, Boston College; and Mandy Jacques, Long Beach State. Jaime Richards plans on playing softball at Phillips…. Nater is the daughter of Swen Nater, ex-UCLA center. Outlook: NIC lost loads of talent and depth off last year’s Region 18 championship team, but appears physically capable of repeating. The key will be developing the intangibles - leadership, chemistry, mental toughness - that came together a year ago. The Cardinals are taller and quicker, but might not be as deep. Forward Julie Grohs, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, returns to add much-needed experience. She’s not 100 percent, but improves daily. Before the injury, Grohs was NIC’s second-leading scorer.

ROSTER Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown Kelly Middlesworth G 5-4 Fr. Kirkland, Wash. Tammy Goyne G 5-1 So. Boronia, Australia Becki Huddle G 5-6 Fr. Spokane Julie Grohs F 5-10 So. Salmon, Idaho Amy Lemon G/F 5-6 Fr. Kellogg, Idaho Audrey Rehder G 5-6 So. Cottonwood, Idaho Katie Hatrock G 5-51 Fr. Coeur d’Alene Mandy Lindhe G 5-7 Fr. Tonasket, Wash. Jodi Fisher F/C 6-0 Fr. Polson, Mont. Shanna Robison F 5-10 Fr. St. Ignatius, Mont. Alyssa Heier F 5-10 Fr. Kendrick, Idaho Erin Dowhy C 6-4 So. Edmonton, Alberta Lorricha Broxton F 5-7 Fr. Washington D.C. Alisha Nater C 6-3 Fr. Enumclaw, Wash. Barrie Jensen F 5-11 So. Boise, Idaho Jenny Smethers C 6-2 So. Boise, Idaho

SCHEDULE (all times PST) Nov. 28-30 Bellevue (Wash.) tourney TBA Dec. 2 at Walla Walla 6 p.m. Dec. 6 vs. Ricks 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 vs. Big Bend 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Utah Valley 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Salt Lake 4:30 p.m. Dec. 16 vs. Spokane 5:30 p.m. Jan. 2-3 Big Bend tourney TBA Jan. 8 vs. Snow 5:30 p.m. Jan. 10 vs. Dixie 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Southern Idaho 5 p.m. Jan. 17 at Treasure Valley 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22 vs. Colo. NW 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 vs. Eastern Utah 5:30 p.m. Jan. 27 vs. Walla Walla 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 vs. Salt Lake 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31 vs. Utah Valley 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Dixie 5 p.m. Feb. 7 at Snow 4:30 p.m. Feb. 12 vs. Treasure Valley 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 vs. Southern Idaho 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Eastern Utah 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Colo. NW 4:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Ricks 4:30 p.m. March 4-7 Region 18 tourney TBA March 17-21 NJCAA tourney TBA


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