Coach: Mickey Rice, first season.

Last season's record: 17-9.

Conference: Maryland Independent Schools Athletic League.

Returning starters: F Ashlie Davis, 5-5, Jr.; G Allison McCarthy, 5-5, Sr.

Outlook: The Cougars are extremely young, with freshmen and sophomores in eight roster spots. First-year coach Rice has coached recreational and military base teams for a decade, but this is his first scholastic head coaching job.

McCarthy will provide leadership and Davis will be a sparkplug and scorer. Sophomore center Carolyn Heffron is working on her inside game and has become more aggressive on offense. Transfer Tiarra Alexander, the team's best ballhandler, is recovering from knee surgery and will start the season coming off the bench. Junior Catherine Cox didn't play much last season, but will probably spend some time running the point.

Coach's comment: "With this team, I've had to take them from the very beginning, because they're all very raw. They're willing to learn, and they've been working hard at it. I think we can definitely finish above .500. I enjoy working with the girls, because they execute the fundamentals, and once you teach them something they try to execute it."

ROSTER

Pos.

Name

Ht.

Class

G

Tiarra Alexander

5-5

Jr.

G

C. Anderson

5-5

Fr.

F

Samantha Cosh

5-5

Fr.

F

Catherine Cox

5-5

Jr.

C

Nora Chambers

5-7

Fr.

F

Ashlie Davis

5-5

Jr.

C

Carolyn Heffron

5-8

Soph.

G

Allison McCarthy

5-5

Sr.

F

Ksenia Pogossian

5-5

Fr.

G

Katie Pototsky

5-5

Fr.

F

Betsy Smith

5-6

Fr.

G

Laura Weaver

5-5

Soph.