Grant McCasland and his staff had more than enough freedom to reload after their Conference USA title. Driven by the shortened 2020 season, the Mean Green are hungry to not only repeat, but break onto the national stage.
The core of the Mean Green have gained the experience and chemistry that they were lacking last season. If they can stay healthy it’ll give them the continuity they need to build upon what they have developed as a unit.
Rice replaces a collection of prematurely departed talent which includes guards Trey Murphy III and Drew Peterson. Rice will try to incorporate eight players without the benefit of five-on-five scrimmages or full team workouts this summer.
It’s tempting to expect a drop-off when a team loses a historically productive player. But Rice might weather such a departure after COVID-19-related shutdowns prematurely ended star guard Erica Ogwumike’s college career in March.
The Roadrunners leaned on eight freshmen during an injury-plagued 6-23 season last year, closing the campaign on a 15-game losing streak. With a now-experienced young core expected to return, coach Kristen Holt is optimistic about the first steps toward a turnaround.
Senior guard Jhivvan Jackson is expected to only improve after ranking second in the NCAA with 26.8 points per game last year, giving the Roadrunners optimism about a bounce-back season in 2020-21.
After a bit of a roster shakeup, the coaching staff believes that UTEP’s batch of newcomers will help build upon the foundation of their two leading scorers returning from last year in Bryson Williams and Souley Boum.
Former Rice star and back-to-back Conference USA Player of the Year, Erica Ogwumike announced on Twitter that she'll be passing on the WNBA this season in order to pursue medical school in Dallas.
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