Who will take over in the frontcourt for Shenita Landry and Shanea Cotton?
It could be junior center Marli Bennett or freshman center Victoria Macaulay, or it could be senior forward Jasmine Stone, who came just two rebounds shy of a double-double versus Florida in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Tonya Cardoza could also go with a combination if the situation calls for it.
How will senior guard LaKeisha Eaddy play in her second year at the point?
Last year, her first ever as a point guard, Eaddy led the Owls and the Atlantic Ten Conference with 165 assists.
Will junior guard Shaqwedia Wallace start or continue off the bench?
Wallace was Cardoza’s first option off the bench last year and averaged 11 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game. She also led the Owls in 3-point shooting, converting 46 of 113 attempts.
Can sophomore guard Kristen McCarthy continue her development as both an offensive and defensive option?
As a freshman, McCarthy contributed 8.6 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game, and two of her best games of the season came against George Washington (15 points, 3-of-5 on 3-pointers) and Florida (12 points, 2 blocks and 2 steals) to close the year.
Will this schedule hurt or help the Owls?
Last year, the Owls rode a win against No. 13 Xavier into the NCAA Tournament. This year, the Owls get the Musketeers and the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (whom they almost upset in early December last year) on the road. But, Temple gets Auburn (who ranked as high as No. 13 last year), Duke (No. 5 last year), Charlotte and Villanova at home. All those teams made the NCAA Tournament. One game that may get overlooked but that should be good is the Nov. 28 game at Hartford. Fellow University of Connecticut alumna and current Hartford coach Jennifer Rizzotti has led Hartford to four NCAA Tournament appearances. The Hawks won 25 games last year and upset a ranked opponent in Michigan State. In 2005-2006, Rizzotti led the Hawks to their first ever win in the Tournament – against No. 19 Temple.