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2013-14 Women's Hoops Outlook: Wings
As the Liberty women's basketball team prepares for its Nov. 8 season opener at Charlotte, LibertyFlames.com will provide a four-part preview of the 2013-14 season. Today's article provides a look at the Lady Flames' wing players.
Four of the five seniors on last year's team (Devon Brown, Brittany Campbell, Terika Lunsford and LaKendra Washington) were wing players. Brown became the second 2,000-point scorer in program history, while Campbell made the Big South all-tournament team. In total, the graduated quartet posted 26.1 ppg in 2012-13, comprising 36.8 percent of the Lady Flames' scoring output.
Additionally, sharp-shooting redshirt freshman Jessi Edmonds has suffered a career-ending injury, creating an even larger void on the wing entering the 2013-14 campaign. As a result, it is the "position of greatest opportunity," according to Green.
"Our wings are comprised of a lot of young enthusiasm and opportunities for a host of different players," Green noted. "These include seasoned returnees Jaymee Fisher-Davis and Ellee Rollins, as well as a highly talented group of newcomers. Impressive are the talents of freshmen Simone Brown, Tesh Hanson, Audrey Rettstatt and Emily Stotmeister. These players will be an X-factor to our success."
Fisher-Davis, one of the best outside shooters on the team, made seven triples as a freshman. The 5-7 guard looks for a breakthrough season in 2013-14. Meanwhile, Rollins' scoring ability was on full display against Bluefield State last season, when the 5-7 junior tossed in 10 points.
Brown and Hanson both come to Liberty from the Sunshine State. Brown led Father Lopez Catholic High School to the Florida Class 3A state title in 2013, as the 5-11 wing posted 16 ppg and 9 rpg for the year.
Hanson closed out her high school career with 2,001 points and helped her teams go a combined 93-21. The 5-9 guard's Seffner Christian Academy squad advanced to the Florida Class 3A state semifinals during her senior campaign.
A 5-11 freshman, Rettstatt tossed in over 1,000 career points at Worthington Christian High School in the Columbus, Ohio, area. She averaged a double-double in 2011-12, consisting of 16.3 ppg and 10.3 rpg.
Stotmeister is the lone Commonwealth native on this year's roster, hailing from just north of Lynchburg in Shipman, Va. She was tabbed Dogwood District Player of the Year as a junior and senior and notched 17.7 ppg and 11.4 rpg during her final high school season.
Moriah Begin and Mickayla Sanders are two other freshmen who could factor into the equation for playing time on the wing.