Voorhees College Lady Tigers 2012-2013 Outlook
The Voorhees College Lady Tigers Head Coach, Edward Glover, feels if the returning players stay focus and are consistent with their hard work, commitment, and dedication to the program then this years team will be able to continue the programs winning ways. The squad will have a deep bench with returning players, who should know what to expect to make a run at another successful season and emerge into the 2013 NAIA national tournament. The Lady Tigers will once again compete as an NAIA Division One Independent member of the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) and will face a very challenging schedule with tough NAIA and NCAA competition.
Returning for their final season are all-conference team members Keirra Patterson (54, guard, Darlington, SC) and 511 forward Courtney McDuffie (Chattanooga, TN; Chattanooga State Community College/Brainerd HS). Both players were named to the 2012 all-A.I.I. team and Patterson was an honorable mention NAIA all American and NAIA all-academic. She led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 12 points per game and was one of the top three point specialist in the nation. McDuffie averaged just over 11 points and five rebounds per game in her first full season with the program.
The other seniors that should make an impact are Monieke Woods (511, forward, Sumter, SC), Davieena Kemp (54, guard, Orangeburg, SC/Orangeburg-Wilkinson HS), Shaquetta Cooper (59, guard/forward, Lake City, SC) and Zandreal Blakely (55 guard, Decatur, GA/South Georgia Technical College/Martin Luther King, Jr. HS). Woods, a defensive specialist, will again be counted on for her athletic ability and presence in the post. Kemp will primarily be at the point guard position and averaged just under double figures in scoring on last season. Cooper will be counted on in a number of ways once she fully recover from a knee injury and Blakely will be returning to action after sitting out last season.
The junior class forwards will include power forward Keia Tillman (510, Valdosta, GA/Lowndes HS). Tillman makes her return at the post along with Brittany Hollin (6, forward/center, Columbia, SC/Ridge View HS) and Amber Johnson (511, forward, Hardeeville, SC). Tillman and Johnson will be counted on to bring some needed experience, leadership and scoring in the paint. Johnson led the team in rebounding last season. The junior guards are Shaniqua Bennett (57, guard, Darlington, SC), Jessica Davis (56, guard, Waynesboro, GA/Burke County HS) and Lauren Green (55 guard, Florence, SC/Wilson HS).
The other members returning to the team are Jasmine Parker-Gant (59, So., Nashville, TN/Whites Creek HS), Rachel Blocker (52, So., guard, Orangeburg, SC/Orangeburg-Wilkinson HS), Lasherria Sprinkle (510, So., post, Orangeburg, SC/Orangeburg-Wilkinson HS) and red-shirt freshmen Kritofia Smart (57, guard, Bamberg, SC/Bamberg-Erhardt HS). Newcomers will include freshmen Mariah Crook (61, center, Simpsonville, SC/Hillcrest HS), Tatsiyana Carter (52", guard, Conyers, GA/Eastside HS), Dominique Hagood (56, guard, Greenville, SC/Southside HS), Miasha Hackett (511, forward/center, Spartanburg, SC), Kimberly Gordon (59, forward, Atlanta, GA/Carver HS) and Alexandria Scriven (52 guard, Sumter, SC/Crestwood HS). Carter, Hagood, Hackett, Gordon and Scriven will sit out this season.