JERKISHA AND JERMISHA DOSTY ARE TWIN SISTERS TRYING TO GO PRO TOGETHER
By Lina Balciunas
Let's say you're a WNBA team that needs some size in the post, a player who's an aggressive rebounder with a solid outside shot. Well then, St. Mary's College of California has just the player for you. Her name is Dosty, Jerkisha Dosty. Or wait, was that Jermisha? Oh boy, here we go again.
Jerkisha averaged 12.1 points and 6.7 rebounds at St. Mary's while Jermisha averaged 11.6 points and 9.0 rebounds. Jerkisha earned West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors in 2002 after her sister received the award in 2001. Jerkisha led the conference in scoring as a senior (17.9 ppg) and Jermisha left as its all-time leading rebounder (1,121). There is hardly an award or statistical achievement in the WCC that doesn't have the name "Dosty" next to it.
"When the freshmen come in, they can't tell us apart at all and so we'll trick them," Jermisha says. "Like 'Kisha will say, 'here pass me the ball' and they'll pass the ball to the wrong person, the wrong teammate. They cannot tell us apart so we play little jokes on them, making fun of them."
The Bellflower, Calif. natives led tiny St. Mary's College to its first ever NCAA Tournament berth in 1999 and subsequently, its first win at the Big Dance as the Gaels beat Texas in 2001 before losing to Tennessee in the second round.
"That was big for us because we're so small and it hadn't happened before," Jerkisha says in listing the victory as one of her proudest accomplishments.
The sisters lived together in the dorms their freshman season and then separately for two years before moving off campus together as seniors. They've still always had each other right there, as friends and as teammates, but both say they have no problem with splitting up to play in the WNBA.
"I'm excited because we've always played on the same team," Jerkisha says. "Obviously it's going to be different and it's going to be weird at first, but we'll have fun. It will be a new experience."
When asked if they ever play one-on-one against each other, the answer is "all the time." When asked who wins, Jermisha pipes up immediately, "I do!" Jerkisha waits, smiles and echoes firmly, "I do." Jermisha says she has a spin move that ends in a hook shot, which she can hit against her sister's defense every time. Jerkisha says her own success is just a matter of shooting over Jermisha -- any shot will do. The two laugh in tandem.
"It's just having a best friend who's always around," Jermisha explains the benefits of being a twin. "We get a lot of attention, too, so that's cool."
They certainly did a pre-draft camp, with Jermisha averaging 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds while Jerkisha put up 4.2 ppg and 1.4 rpg. One game in which they played against each other, Jermisha scored eight points and grabbed seven boards and Jerkisha nearly matched her with eight points and five boards.
Minnesota's Brian Agler is a WNBA coach definitely interested in the Dosty twins, but even he couldn't say which one he'd pick.
As for the Dostys' parents, who have attended every one of their daughters' games from Del Campo High School in Sacramento to St. Mary's College, having both Jerkisha and Jermisha playing in the WNBA will present quite a dilemma.
"They're a little bit nervous about us being on different teams because we've always been together," Jermisha says. "They're still going to try to go to our games -- they'll split up and try to attend all of our games. It will be different."
You can forgive them for being nervous, because when it comes to the Dosty twins, differences are few and far between.
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