Season Outlook

Voorhees College Lady Tiger’s 2014-2015 Outlook

The Voorhees College Lady Tigers Head Coach, Edward Glover, feels if the returning players stay focused and are consistent with their hard work, commitment, and dedication to the program then this year’s team will be able to get back to the program’s winning ways and bounce back from a disappointing 2013-2014 season where they competed as a first year member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). This year’s squad, nicknamed the “Redeem Team” will have a deep roster with eleven returning players, who should know what to expect to make a run at a successful season and be competitive in the tough GCAC.

The GCAC freshmen of the year, Jamilia Burgos, returns for her sophomore campaign, Burgos (5’7”, guard, Columbus, GA/Hardaway HS) averaged close to ten points per game but will have to improve on her shooting percentages for this upcoming season. Kritofia Smart from nearby Bamberg (5’7, RS-Jr., guard, Bamberg-Erhardt HS) will also have to increase her numbers along with redshirt sophomore Kimberly Gordon (5’9”,forward, Atlanta, GA/Carver HS) who averaged seven rebounds per game and shot 51% from the field as an undersized post. Point guard Courtney Roberts (5’4”, So., guard, Sylvania, GA/Screven County HS) was entrusted into the primary ball handling duties and will have to continue to grow into the role.

The other returning players that will be relied on more this season to make contributions to the team are Jasmine Parker-Gant (5’9”, RS-Sr., Nashville, TN/Whites Creek HS), Rachel Blocker (5’2”, Sr., Rowesville, SC/Orangeburg-Wilkinson HS), Lasherria Sprinkle (5’9”, Sr., forward/post, Orangeburg, SC/Orangeburg-Wilkinson HS), Brionna Missouri (5’11”, So., Ellenwood, GA/Arabia Mountain HS), Tajara Muhammad (6’,So., Savannah, GA/Sol C. Johnson HS), Jenayah Moore (5’9”,So., Denmark, SC/Denmark-Olar HS), redshirt sophomores Alexandria Scriven (5’2” guard, Sumter, SC/Crestwood HS) and Shawanna McNeil (6’, post, Charleston, SC/Burke HS). Missouri will have to step it up and fill in to help out at small forward position. Scriven and Blocker will see time with the point guard duties and McNeil will need to be solid at the post after returning from an injury plagued redshirt freshmen season. Sprinkle, Muhammad and Moore should see a lot of time on the court and will be counted on heavily in the rotation.  The Lady Tigers picked up seven players to absorb the loss of the graduation of all-GCAC Amber Johnson (16.7 ppg and 11.4 rebounds) and three other post players that are no longer with the program. Johnson was also a former all-A.I.I. (Association of Independent Institutions) team member, she was part of two regular season A.I.I. championships and one A.I.I. tournament championship before Voorhees joined the GCAC.

The newcomers not only include freshmen but also three college transfers. The freshmen are red shirt Keosha Hardaway (5’10”, Charleston, SC/West Ashley HS) , Kyari Sloan (5’11”, post, Greenville, SC/Southside HS), Deiona Davis (5’6”, guard, Rock Hill, SC/Southside HS), Rhonikqua Hopkins (5’6”, guard, St. George, SC/Woodland HS) and Jue McLemore (5’5”, guard, Charleston, SC/West Ashley HS). The transfers are red shirt junior Danielle Mcfadden (5’8, guard, Sumter SC/Sumter HS) and A’shante Stokes (5’9”, guard/forward, Greenville, SC/Berea HS). The transfers should bring much needed experience to the program and the freshmen should make an immediate impact if they can catch on quick and learn the system. McFadden, Hopkins and McLemore will sit out this season and Stokes should join the team in January. Also, Takisha Gooden (5’2”, guard, Jr., College Park, GA/Tri-Cities HS), who walked-on last season maybe called on if needed during the season.

Voorhees will again face a very challenging schedule with tough NAIA and NCAA competition.