The Saint Mary's women's basketball team opened full practice for the 2017-18 season on Oct. 2, 2017.
Sanders, formerly Morris, coached at Saint Mary's previous to the Thomas era, from 2000-03 after graduating from Saint Mary's in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in Health and Human Performance. A four-year letter winner for the Gaels, Sanders has a long list of accolades from her career at Saint Mary's.
Working primarily with the posts, Sanders has been instrumental in the development of some of the best players to ever put on the Gaels uniform. Louella Tomlinson, working directly with Sanders, would go on to become the Gaels' all-time leading scorer in addition to the NCAA single-season and career blocks record holder. Tomlinson was a four-time all-WCC honoree as well as a two-time WCC Defender of the Year (2008-09 & 2009-10). Tomlinson has played professionally in Europe and Australia, currently for the Melbourne Boomers. Sanders also worked closely with Danielle Mauldin, a three-time all-WCC member who went on to become the best rebounder in the history of the WCC. During her previous stint as an assistant at SMC, Sanders helped develop SMC greats Jermisha and Jerkisha Dosty, and Triola Jackson. These three combined for two WCC Player of the Year awards, eight All-WCC First Team honors, three WCC All-Tournament selections, and one WCC Tournament MVP.
During her playing days, Sanders was named to the WCC Top-50 All-Time team. She was the WCC Player of the Year her junior year, a three-time All-WCC First Team member, two-time WCC Tournament Team member (including Tournament MVP in 1999) and the WCC Freshman of the Year.
Sanders led the conference in scoring for three straight years and is second all-time in the conference in scoring. She is currently the school's second leading scorer with 1,807 points, with Tomlinson surpassing her record in 2010. Considered by Head Coach Paul Thomas to be one of the best Gaels to ever play at SMC, she still holds many career and single-season records. She is still among the program's top-10 in single-season scoring, FGs made, 3s made, along with career records of scoring average, FGs made, 3s made, FTs made, FT percentage, rebounds, assists, and games played. She is No. 1 all-time in minutes played.
In addition to her individual achievements, Sanders led the Gaels to the program's first NCAA tournament appearance in 1999 and the WNIT in 2000. In 2007, Sanders was inducted into the Saint Mary's Hall of Fame and in 2014 she was inducted into the WCC Hall of Honor for her achievements.
Sanders prepped at Campolindo High School in Moraga, Calif., and currently resides in her hometown with her husband Jon, son Cason, and daughter Samantha.
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