Recruited for softball, now getting national attention for basketball

Recruited for softball, now getting

national attention for basketball

By Tom O’Neill

            Jade Mosier played three sports at Buchanan High School, volleyball, basketball and softball, but it was softball that got her noticed by Lake Michigan College’s Melissa Grau.  Red Hawk basketball is now reaping the rewards of another small-school find.

            Playing behind Michigan Lutheran’s All-Conference and third team All-American guard, Hailey Mass, Mosier averaged about 12 points a game and eight rebounds as a freshman. Now, as a senior, she’s drawing national attention in NJCAA Division II averaging a double-double almost every game for the Lady Hawks. Mosier’s 13.5 rebounds per game has her fifth nationally, 16th in scoring with a 21.5 average and 21st in field goal percentage at 57.4 percent. The team is ranked 12th.

            Against Oakton CC Mosier posted another double-double, 20 points, 10 rebounds in 23 minutes as the Hawks destroyed the Owls 100-15 December 29. Her three-foul average gets her some unwanted bench time, but says she’s working on it. “I’ve always been aggressive and competitive. I just have to play smart and do what’s best for the team.” LMC is 9-2 heading into conference play, losing to Hope College’s JV squad and the second-ranked Division III Joliet Wolves.

            “I never expected to get national attention,” Mosier explained. “I don’t really worry about rankings. My goal is to be better than I was yesterday.” Yet, the 5-foot 11 sophomore is already getting looks from some Division II and Division III four-year schools. “I’d like to continue playing,” Why basketball? “It’s a longer season and I get to know the girls better,” she explained, adding “I guess I’m just better at basketball.” Mosier plays third and shortstop for the Hawks’ softball team, averaging .278 at the plate.

            One of six seniors on this year’s team, Mosier had to make adjustments in coaching styles from Jason Cooper to Patrick Daniel. “In high school it was kind of lax. When I got here, Coach Cooper was more vocal.  It was an easy transition in coaching styles. Coach Daniel is very vocal and we run a lot more in practice.” Mosier explained that last year’s team had a deeper bench. Daniel’s philosophy is to learn from mistakes. She said the team’s confidence level is up.

            Regarding the loss at Joliet Mosier said “fundamental basketball wins games. If we had made free throws, reduced turnovers and made some of the missed layups we would have had that game.”

            At LMC she is still undecided on a major, but carrying a 3.6 average studying speech pathology and audiology. “I pride myself in getting good grades. Sports will not be forever.” Schooling will be her primary focus on deciding where to attend her next two collegiate years.

            Asked what advice she would give other small-school athletes, without hesitation she said, “Don’t give up. Do what you do and get out of your comfort zone. If you focus on academics, the rest will follow.”

            Besides sports, Mosier said she enjoys spending time with family and “hanging out with her two younger sisters.” In baseball each player has what is called “walk out music”. The final question of the day was if you could have front row seats to any concert, who would Jade Mosier see? The answer came quickly, “Luke Bryan”.

         Lake Michigan women opened conference play January 4 against Kellogg CC. The next home game for the Lady Hawks is January 12 at 5:30 PM. The men play Kalamazoo Valley at home January 6. Tipoff is 3 PM.

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