A rundown of this year’s Shootout field


University of Alaska Anchorage

Located: Anchorage, Alaska

Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Previous Season: 30-5

What To Watch For: The Seawolves will mainly rely on point guard Sasha King and forward Alysa Horn. It’ll be interesting to see how they fair against steeper competition. If those two get ample room to work, the team can put up enough points to make some noise.


Prairie View

Located: Prairie View, Texas

Conference: Southwestern Athletic Conference

Previous Season: 21-12

What To Watch For: Swingman Latia Williams has been named the SWAC Preseason Player of the Year. Last season, Williams brought home the SWAC Tournament MVP trophy as the Panthers won the conference championship. Two things are for certain: she’s got game and the Panthers are tough.


Utah State

Located: Logan, Utah

Conference: Western Athletic Conference

Previous Season: 21-10

What To Watch For: The Aggies landed at number one in both the Western Athletic Conference coaches’ poll and media poll. Guard Devyn Christensen was slotted as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year. And then there’s guard Jenna Johnson, the former Wasilla High School standout who’s playing the role of defensive specialist for the Aggies.


North Dakota State

Located: Fargo, North Dakota

Conference: The Summit League

Previous Season: 11-20

What To Watch For: The Bison are a group of veterans; nine of their twelve returning players saw time as starters in 2011. Among their lineup of vets is Hannah Linz, a heady guard who can drain the three-ball and has survived cancer — inspiring stuff.





University of Alaska Anchorage

Located: Anchorage, Alaska

Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Previous Season: 23-7

What To Watch For: The Seawolves can succeed with a balanced attack led by guard’s Kyle Fossman and Teancum Stafford, who are both capable of hurting defenses. Efficient shooting from beyond the arc could turn the hometown team into a bracket buster.


Oral Roberts

Located: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Conference: Southland Conference

Previous Season: 27-7

What To Watch For: Two-guard Warren Niles should have the green light all weekend long to score buckets. Niles is the offensive weapon that can lessen the blow from losing forward Dominique Morrison, who put in 20 points a night for the Golden Eagles last season. The Eagles will also get important contributions down low from center Damen Bell-Holter, a native of Ketchikan, Alaska.



Located: Nashville, Tennessee

Conference: Ohio Valley Conference

Previous Season: 27-8

What To Watch For: The Bruins are adjusting to the loss of three key players, but they return the backcourt of Kerron Johnson and Ian Clark. When Johnson isn’t taking you off the dribble, Clark is dropping a trey in your face. Belmont has a deep rotation, applies suffocating pressure on defense, and plays with speed. People who like basketball, come watch Belmont play.


UC Riverside

Located: Riverside, California

Conference: Big West Conference

Previous Season: 14-17

What To Watch For: Former Chicago Bulls forward Bill Cartwright spent time with the Highlanders at a November 10 practice, so I’m preparing to see a lot of illegal elbows in the paint. But on a serious note, the Highlanders are an extremely young team. Guard Robert Smith is the lone senior on a roster with eight freshmen. I’d peg them as unpredictable.


Texas State

Located: San Marcos, Texas

Conference: Western Athletic Conference

Previous Season: 13-17

What To Watch For: The Bobcats are made up of eight newcomers, including three transfers from other Division I programs. Expect to see forward Matt Staff lead the even-keeled Texas State unit.



Located: Boston, Massachusetts

Conference: Colonial Athletic Association

Previous Season: 14-17

What To Watch For: The dramatic. Two last second wins over Boston University and Harvard have college basketball scribe, Ken Pomeroy, questioning if the Huskies are a team of destiny. Lock your eyes on the lanky wing, Quincy Ford, as he tries to keep the magic alive.


Loyola Marymount

Located: Los Angeles, California

Conference: West Coast Conference

Previous Season: 21-13

What To Watch For: When it comes to the Lions, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. They’d like to outwork opponent after opponent en route to a Shootout crown. And yes, forward Adam Drexler is the son of Clyde. If he starts channeling his pops, all bets are off.



Located: Charlotte, North Carolina

Conference: Atlantic 10 Conference

Previous Season: 13-17

What To Watch For: The 49ers boast a second-team preseason All-Atlantic 10 player in forward Chris Braswell and a preseason Atlantic 10 All-Defensive player in guard Pierria Henry. Henry is going to be a vital piece in a tournament that’s filled with offenses dependent on high-scoring backcourts.

Written by Thomas McIntyre

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