The time has come for head coach Teresa Weatherspoon and the Lady Techsters to show the basketball world what they can do.
The Techsters will start their quest for redemption after last year’s performance in an exhibition game at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Thomas Assembly Center against Mississippi College.
The exhibition game will give coach Weatherspoon a chance to see what her squad is working with. The real test starts with their season opener against Tulane, an experienced team who beat the Techsters in the TAC last year and does not end there as five Southeaster Conference teams follow after. The Techsters have a grueling preseason schedule ahead of them with a fairly new team, six returning players and seven new.
Weatherspoon expressed her confidence in her choice of scheduling this season.
“We want to compete in women’s basketball, not just the WAC,” Weatherspoon said. “These are the teams we need to play to prove that we can compete.”
Of the seven newcomers, two––Brittany Lewis and Kelia Shelto, hail from division 1 teams. Three newcomers-––Janay Borum, Jasmine Bryant and Brittney Jefferson–– came from junior colleges. The two youngsters straight from high school are Veanca Hall and Lulu Perry.
Last year’s impact player, Whitney Frazier, will return to the hardwood with the WAC All-Freshman Team and WAC All-Defensive Team awards on her back.
“She (Frazier) is so effective because she is a post who can play the perimeter,” Weatherspoon said. “She also has great speed and quickness.”
Shelton is a redshirt sophomore who transferred from Clemson last year and is expected to be a big impact player in her first year in a Techster jersey.
Weatherspoon expressed Shelton’s strengths as something to look forward to seeing as effective this season.
“She (Shelton) is very powerful to the rim,” Weatherspoon said. “She is a strong finisher and she is very quick as well.”
The Techsters have several offensive threats but Weatherspoon said defense will take them much further.
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