The Copycat Season Begins Saturday Night

The women’s basketball copycat season gets under way Saturday night in Jacksonville, Fla., against Atlantic Sun Conference foe North Florida.

The 12 returning letterwinners make the women want to be copycats for the men’s season that saw those Panther 10 returning letterwinners improve by 10 wins from the previous season and earn a regular season conference title.

Here’s a few other numbers to consider as the season starts:

1 – GSU will need to win on the road to be successful. It took the fifth game on the road last year to get the first road win and the team was just 5-11 away from the Sports Arena.

2 – The number of freshmen and the number of preseason all-conference picks. Freshmen Makeba Ponder and Kennesha Nichols both played well in the exhibition win. Seniors Brittany Logan and Alisha Andrews were named preseason All-Sun Belt Conference.

3 – The number of new assistant coaches added by Sharon Baldwin-Tener.

5 – Seniors to provide leadership.

12 – GSU had a rebound advantage in 12 of the final 14 games last year and the board control will be another key to the success.

70% – The team shot above 70% from the free throw line last year. That’s another goal that needs to be met to win in 2014-15.

702- Games played experience by the returning 12 players.

3,629 – Career points scored by the returning 12 veterans.

The copycat season starts at 7 p.m. Saturday. Listen live on WRAS-FM (88.5) as Drew Hinesley describes the action.

–Charlie Taylor

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