After finishing with the most wins in a season under fifth-year Head Coach Keisha Brown, the Alma College women's basketball team will rely heavily on youth to try and make the league tournament for the first time under Brown's tutelage.
Featuring only underclassmen, the Scots enter the 2013-14 campaigns as one of the youngest teams in the MIAA. Brown understands the unique challenges that having such a young team brings and is looking forward to see how the women respond in the first few games.
"Its always youthfulness," said Brown. "You get in tough situations at the beginning of the season and you don't know how they are going to respond - are they going to make those freshman mistakes or are they going to rise above it?"
"Mallory Pruett and Morgan Henry are my team captains and they have been doing an amazing job bringing the freshmen along and helping the sophomores to remain positive," says Brown. "My leadership will come from my juniors and sophomores because they understand that this is their team and they have to be accountable for not only themselves but their teammates as well."
Even with so many new faces, Brown has seen a special chemistry forming with this year's group.
"Chemistry is our biggest strength, we are not the biggest team in the world but we have great chemistry. Having a good connection with each other will lead to success on the court."
With a guard-heavy rotation, Alma hopes to utilize its speed and tempo to catch opponents by surprise.
"Again, we are not the tallest group of women out there, but we have great speed and that is another major strength the team has this year."