Things aren't quite as clear at the other positions. Natalie Ritchie, Casey Jackson, and newcomer Alesha Robertson will all try to get time at the three. Sophomore Jametra Clark will start at the four. Her primary backup will be Jackson. "We'll try to play Casey at the three and four both, that way we can give her more minutes on the floor," said Coach Sharp. Like last season, the five position will have three players fighting for time. Jolee Ayers-Curry, LaToya Davis, and Cisti Greenwalt will share the position.
This lineup gives the Lady Raiders a great amount of flexibility. At the three you have a very diverse group of players to choose from. Ritchie can shoot the three, Jackson can defend, and Robertson can score inside and outside. You have a similar situation at the five. Davis is probably the best scorer of the bunch, while Ayers-Curry is a solid on the boards and has shown good range on her shot. Greenwalt offers a nice size advantage against many teams.
Lady Raider fans shouldn't be surprised to see the two freshmen getting significant minutes this season. "They'll be a big part of it," said Coach Sharp. Their biggest contribution will probably be in the form of better offensive balance. Both freshmen have good outside shots, which hopefully will create more space for the post players to operate. Another factor that will affect the offense is Grant's ability to shoot the ball. "Erin Grant spent the majority of the summer making that a strength," said Coach Sharp. "I think people will be really impressed by how well she shoots it."