For the first time in years S&T women's basketball head coach Alan Eads says he has no idea what to expect from a squad that will be full of new starters this season.
He gets his first chance see them in a game situation – along with Lady Miner fans – during a Saturday afternoon exhibition.
The Lady Miners will host Livin' The Dream in an exhibition game Saturday. Tip-off at the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building is scheduled for 1 p.m.
S&T will have eight players back from last season's 16-12 squad but only one – 6-2 senior forward Kylie Cooper – was a full-time starter.
Returning from last season include Cooper, 5-11 senior Karlie Sample, 6-4 sophomore Leigh-Ann Kesper and 6-0 junior Joslyn Arthur at forward as well as 5-6 senior Senait McLeod, 5-7 sophomore Dajae Williams, 5-8 senior Erica Askew and 5-9 senior Toni Knar at guard.
Knar is the top scorer returning at 9.0 points last season while Cooper averaged 7.2 points and 6.2 rebounds, Sample 6.0 points and 3.8 boards and McLeod 4.3 points.
Newcomers on the roster are 5-9 junior guard-forward Jaaron Kassanavoid from Highland Community College; 5-9 junior guard Mia Wesley from State Fair Community College, and 5-9 freshman guard Elsie Greenwood.
The exhibition contest is a rehearsal for S&T's official season-opener on Friday, Nov. 8 in a men's/women's home double-header against Westminster College (women's game 5:30 p.m.).
The Lady Miners' first four games of the season will be at home.
Livin' The Dream is a collection of former collegiate players from different ranks, with some having gone on to play professionally.
Some of the Livin' The Dream players will be very familiar to Eads and Lady Miner fans, as three former Lady Miners are on its roster.
Starters from last season's S&T team, forward Hailee Parks - the Lady Miners' leading scorer and rebounder - and guard Kyesha Hall, are expected to play for Livin' The Dream as is Julie Meyer, a standout guard-forward for S&T from 2008-12.