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Tampa women's basketball preview

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Coach: Tom Jessee (122-58, six seasons; 292-147 overall)

Last season: 24-7 (13-3 Sunshine State Conference); SSC tournament runnerup, lost to Valdosta State in NCAA South Region opener.

Notable: The Spartans have made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and tied the school record for wins last season. … UT will rely heavily on a strong incoming class and two USF transfers.

Roster: 2 Catriana Messina, 5-5, G, So.; 3 Hailee Sullivan, 5-7, G, Sr.; 5 Gianna Messina, 5-6, G, So.; 12 Caitlyn Mitryk, 6-1, G/F, Jr.; 14 Laina Sylestine, 5-9, G, Fr.; 15 Destiny Mitchell, 5-9, G, Fr.; 20 Angela Guiu, 5-6, G, Jr.; 22 Sarah Wickham, 5-7, G, Fr.; 23 Brittany Brown, 6-1, F, Fr.; 24 Tiara Cook, 6-0, F, Jr.; 25 Lauren Mason, 6-1, C, Fr.; 30 Kristina Carruth, 6-3, C, Fr.; 33 Kym Taylor, 6-1, C, Sr.; 42 Kaitlyn Ostroski, 5-10, F, Fr.; 52 Whitney Porter, 6-0, F, Sr.

Schedule: Saturday — vs. North Alabama at Valdosta State Tip-Off Invitational, 2 p.m.; Nov. 16 — vs. Valdosta State at Valdosta State Tip-Off Invitational, 3 p.m.; Nov. 18 — vs. Puerto Rico-Cayey, 5:30 p.m.; Nov. 25 — vs. Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, 5:30 p.m.; Nov. 26 — vs. Palm Beach Atlantic, 5:30 p.m.; Nov. 28 — vs. Drury at West Texas A&M Thanksgiving Tournament, 2 p.m.; Nov. 29 — vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State at West Texas A&M Thanksgiving Tournament, 2 p.m.; Dec. 3 — vs. Warner Southern, 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 6 — at Palm Beach Atlantic, 2 p.m.; Dec. 30 — vs. Augusta State, 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 3 — vs. Nova Southeastern, 2 p.m.; Jan. 7 — at Eckerd, 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 10 — at Rollins, 2 p.m.; Jan. 14 — vs. Saint Leo, 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 17 — vs. Barry, 2 p.m.; Jan. 21 — at Florida Southern, 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 24 —at Florida Tech, 2 p.m.; Jan. 28 — Lynn, 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 31 — at Flagler, 5 p.m.; Feb. 4 — at Nova Southeastern, 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 7 — Rollins, 2 p.m.; Feb. 11 — Eckerd, 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 14 — at Barry, 2 p.m.; Feb. 18 — at Saint Leo, 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 21 — Florida Tech, 2 p.m.; Feb. 25 — Florida Southern, 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 28 — at Lynn, 5:30 p.m.; March 4-8 — SSC Tournament

Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer

Tampa women's basketball preview 11/10/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 10, 2008 5:55pm]
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