Three keys to the season
Stay healthy: Injuries were a killer for the Redhawks last season, but unlike a year ago, they are at least healthy to start the season.
Ready at the point? Sophomore point guard McKenzi Williams started 10 games a freshman, and is ready to take over that role this season after an ACL season last year. The Redhawks need her to step up at an important position.
Utilize the depth: Coach Suzy Barcomb has not decided how large her rotation could be, but said it could be 10 players or more. Fresh players should help a shooting percentage (38.9) that was far too low last season.
Three players to watch
Kamira Sanders, 5-7 guard, Sr.: Was the third-leading scorer on the 2017-18 team that reached the NCAA tournament at 11.5 points per game. She led the team last year in scoring (13.5 points per game) and rebounding (6.0), but her shooting percentages went down as teams focused on her.
Joana Alves, 6-3 center, Sr.: Alves, from Portugal, was second on the team last year in scoring (13.1) and rebounding (5.3), starting in all 30 games after averaging 2.2 points as a sophomore in a reserve role.
Courtney Murphy 6-0 guard, So.: The Aussie missed the team’s first 13 games last season before becoming the team’s third-leading scorer (12.5) and easily its best three-point shooter (47 of 102, 46.1 percent).