Height: 5-6 Weight: 142
Number 3 for the Sacramento Monarchs
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What She Does
Chantel Tremitiere is the point guard for the Sacramento Monarchs.
She ensures her teammates all get to "touch" the ball.
Her role is to bring the ball down court, call a play with a hand
signal and pass the ball to the team shooters. Tremitiere can
control the pace of the game. She'll slow it down when it gets
to frenzy pace or speed it up with fast breaks.
Tremitiere brings the ball down the court, pauses around mid court,
pats her head with her hand or makes a fist with her hand, dribbles
around a bit more and passes the ball off to the likes of Ruthie
Bolton-Holifield, Pam McGee or Bridgette Gordon for them to shoot.
These veteran teammates have strong personalities and each want
the ball to shoot. Tremitiere handles the push and pull with finesse
and strength. Her mental strength focuses the team on the play
and she starts the play execution with a pass. Most of the time
a score is the result. She's like a quarterback, yelling signals
at the line and then saying "hike" as she passes the
ball. Not only does she pay attention to her teammates on the
court, but also has to get signals from the coaches on the sideline.
In the fast paced games, she's the great communicator. Tremitiere
is quick and agile both mentally and physically.
Sacramento Monarchs' coaches, Mary Murphy and Heidi VanDerveer
were both point guards. Tremitiere says this first hand knowledge
of the coaches makes her role for the Monarchs like heaven. They
coaches know exactly what she's doing and can improve her game.
Reflections on the July 2 game against Utah Starzz
The Starzz beat Sacramento in OT 73 to 68.
"Utah did a great job of rebounding...We thought we had them
on the ropes....I wish my free throw would have gone down...but
it didn't, 5 more minutes left. They out rebounded us again. Utah
is a great rebounding team."
"They were playing a zone and really spreading it out. (Sacramento
had to take more outside shots than normal.) We were just missing--that
happens. We're playing Utah in 6 days and we're going to go up
there and try to win one from them."
"We have a short season We're only going to get better every
"You always want to blame the refs but you can't. They refed a
good game. We didn't lose because of the refs. It's pro ball--It's
gonna be physical. It's all about getting in there and gritting
your teeth and playing hard. Calls are made and not made-you
just got to keep playing through it."
I asked Tremitiere if the coaches sometimes made bad calls in
practice just to get you used to a bad call. Tremitiere replied,
"Sometimes the coaches aren't practiced refs and we think
they make bad calls."
On one play, Tremitiere was patting her head to call the play.
The Starzz guard, Tammi Reiss, seemed to mock Tremitiere by also
patting her own head. It turns out that Reiss was scouting the
play. "I was trying to change the play--My teammates knew
what I was saying." says Tremitiere.
She continues, "Utah's seen us 4 times. We're not going to
surprise them with anything. The times we executed we were successful.
Record doesn't matter. Utah came in here 1-3. You just got to
play tough every night. Win the games other people don't think
we're going to win. They killed us on the boards. We didn't rebound."
Tremitiere started every game for the Auburn Tigers in 1991. She
averaged 4.1 points and 4.0 assists. After scoring 17 points against
Stanford in the Championship game she was selected to the 1990
NCAA All-Tournament team. She earned a B.A. in Public Relations.
Tremitiere coached at Auburn (91-92), Texas (92-93) and Umass(93-96).
The coaching experience has strengthen her game. As the old saying
goes, If you really want to learn something, try teaching it.
Tremitiere never listen to all of "those" people who
told her she was too small to play basketball. Those nay-sayers
provided much motivation for her.
Tremitiere comes from a family with 15 kids, 12 adopted. This
diverse background in family helped her develop a very out going
and friendly personality.
"The only thing we're guaranteed of in life is a chance.
And we become the person we are by what we do with that chance."
WNBA Biography on Chantel Tremitiere
©Copyright 1997 by Jan Meyer.