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2013-14 Tampa Spartans basketball preview

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Coach: Richard Schmidt (590-288, 31st season at Tampa)

Last season: 17-14 (3-13 Sunshine State Conference)

Notable: The Spartans return two starters, Da'Markco Foster and Vincent Cornu, from last year's team that finished last in the SSC. Foster averaged a team-high 15.9 points and Cornu a team-high seven rebounds. In the offseason the Spartans added Jordan Davis, a Tampa native and Sickles graduate who led College of Central Florida with 7.3 assists per game.

ROSTER

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

3 Matt Johnson 5-9 G Fr.

4 Tariq Mackey 6-3 G Jr.

5 Jordan Davis 5-10 G Jr.

10 Kyle Middleton 6-0 G Jr.

11 Bastien Motte 6-4 G So.

12 Mor Ndiaye 6-3 G Jr.

15 Da'Markco Foster 6-3 G Sr.

20 Eric Moraes 6-5 G/F Sr.

21 Ryan Kidd 6-3 G Sr.

22 Fred Lewis 6-4 F Jr.

23 Austin Rettig 6-6 G/F So.

30 Vincent Cornu 6-7 F Sr.

32 Takechiyo Ikuno 5-9 G Sr.

33 Tyler Zacur 6-4 G Jr.

35 Jason Brown 6-8 F Jr.

Schedule: Friday — at Central Florida (exhibition), 7; Nov. 12 — Southeastern Fla., 7; Nov. 15 — American International, 7; Nov. 17 — Clayton State, 4; Nov. 23 — Palm Beach Atlantic, 4; Nov. 29 — Armstrong at Eckerd Tournament (St. Petersburg), 5:30; Nov. 30 — Puerto Rico-Bayamon at Eckerd Tournament (St. Petersburg), 5:30; Dec. 7 — at Barry, 4; Dec. 18 — Dominican, N.Y., 7; Dec. 21 — Miles, 4; Dec. 22 — Pfeiffer, 4; Jan. 4 — Rollins, 4; Jan. 8 — Saint Leo, 7:30; Jan. 11 — at Florida Tech, 4; Jan. 15 — Eckerd, 7:30; Jan. 18 — Lynn, 4; Jan. 22 — at Florida Southern, 7:30; Jan. 25 — Nova Southeastern, 4; Feb. 1 — Barry, 4; Feb. 5 — at Rollins, 7:30; Feb. 8 — Florida Tech, 4; Feb. 12 — at Saint Leo, 7:30; Feb. 15 — at Lynn, 4; Feb. 19 — Eckerd, 7:30; Feb. 22 — at Nova Southeastern, 4; Feb. 26 — Florida Southern, 7:30; March 1 — at Palm Beach Atlantic, 4

Women

Coach: Tom Jessee (225-102, 12th season)

Last season: (19-9, 8-8 Sunshine State Conference)

Notable: Four players averaged double-digit points last season, and three return: Illyssa Vivo (11.7), Shamika Williams (10.4) and Juliana Cavallaro (10.2). The Spartans were picked to finish third in the SSC preseason poll. They have five newcomers, four of whom are transfers from Division I programs. In addition to leading the team in scoring last season, Vivo finished with a team-high 88 assists and averaged 6.3 rebounds.

Roster

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

4 Ellen Nurmi 6-0 G/F So.

5 Diamond Posey 5-7 G So.

11 Angela Alvarez 5-10 F So.

12 Jenny Taptich 5-7 G Jr.

14 Shamika Williams 5-7 G Sr.

15 Sadie Oyer 6-2 C Sr.

22 Keke Jones 5-9 G Sr.

24 Illyssa Vivo 5-8 G Sr.

25 Juliana Cavallaro 5-9 G So.

34 Aisha Rodney 5-11 F Jr.

35 Catherine Matthews 6-0 G Jr.

44 Taylor McVey 6-3 C So.

50 Krissi Tow 6-0 F Jr.

Schedule: Friday — Francis Marion, 2:30; Saturday — Clayton State, 2:30; Nov. 16 — Armstrong, 12; Nov. 22 — at Sonoma State, TBA; Nov. 23 — Chico State, TBA; Nov. 30 — at Palm Beach Atlantic, 2; Dec. 7 — at Barry, 2; Dec. 16 — Southeastern, Fla., 5:30; Dec. 20 — Fayetteville State at Florida Southern Tournament (Lakeland), 3; Dec. 21 — Quincy at Florida Southern Tournament (Lakeland); Jan. 4 — Rollins, 2; Jan. 8 — Saint Leo, 5:30; Jan. 11 — at Florida Tech, 2; Jan 15 — at Eckerd, 5:30; Jan. 18 — Lynn, 2; Jan. 22 — at Florida Southern, 5:30; Jan. 25 — Nova Southeastern, 2; Jan. 29 — Palm Beach Atlantic, 5:30; Feb. 1 — Barry, 2; Feb. 5 — at Rollins, 5:30; Feb. 8 — Florida Tech, 2; Feb. 12 — at Saint Leo, 5:30; Feb. 15 — at Lynn, 2; Feb. 19 — Eckerd, 5:30; Feb. 22 — at Nova Southeastern, 2; Feb. 26 — Florida Southern, 5:30

Kelly Parsons, Times staff writer

2013-14 Tampa Spartans basketball preview 11/04/13 [Last modified: Monday, November 4, 2013 8:53pm]

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