By JOEL GANTT
Last season the Pima Community College women’s basketball team made it to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II tournament championship game. The team lost in the championship game to Monroe College of New York.
Naderra “Nadi” Carey is the sole returning starter from last year’s team that fell just short of a national championship.The veteran point guard owns the role of team captain and hopes to carry her team back to a tournament championship appearance this year.
“I hope we to get to nationals,” Carey said, “I actually want to win it this year.”
Carey is no stranger to winning basketball championships.She won a high school state championship at Flowing Wells High School, where she played her freshmen to junior seasons. She won another state championship at Canyon Del Oro High School, where she played her senior year.
After a short stint at Eastern Washington University, Carey returned to Tucson to play under head coach Todd Holthaus. This season Carey is leading PCC with 18 assists, averaging four and a half per game.
“My game is to make everyone else better,” Carey said.
Her favorite current National Basketball Association player is LeBron James of the Miami Heat. However, she compares her own game to NBA legend Allen Iverson.
“We play similar,” she said, “being a small person that likes to attack the basket.”
Carey does not have much free time after school, basketball and a part-time job. When Carey is not refining her basketball game, she enjoys listening to the music of Drake. Her favorite movie is “Glory Road” and she enjoys eating chili cheese dogs.
“I don’t know if my trainer will like that very much,” she said.
After Pima, Carey plans to continue her basketball play at a four-year college.
“I’m looking to go to a university,” Carey said, “I’m keeping my options open.”
She has taken an unofficial visit to Grand Canyon University, which remains high on her list. Carey is working toward a degree in liberal arts, and is contemplating a career in coaching after her four years of basketball eligibility are up.
She has gained experience while coaching her younger brother’s Pee Wee football team.
“I want to be a coach,” Carey said. “Coach Todd told me to come back and be an assistant for him.”
At the moment, she is focusing on the task at hand: leading the Aztecs through the 2011-12 season. Pima is currently 3-1 in conference play.