NICEVILLE, Fla. – With the start of women's basketball season just around the corner, NWFRaiders.com will take a look at the program in a four-part preview series.
Northwest Florida State opens its 2019-20 campaign at home on Nov. 2 against Wabash Valley at noon.
The first part of the series is a look at players that have moved on in the last two years. These players are currently listed on rosters for the 2019-20 season.
Lewis appeared in 13 games and averaged 4.3 points and 1.7 rebounds for the Pirates last season. The Jacksonville native scored 16 points in her ECU debut against Maryland Eastern Shore, shooting 4-of-7 from behind the arc. She posted a career high of eight rebounds against Longwood, including five offensive boards.
Lee played in all 28 games averaging 3.3 pointes and 3.5 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game. She hauled in a career-high 13 rebounds against Oakwood.
Jernigan played in 20 games off the bench for the Monarchs posting a season-best 12 points against 13th-ranked NC State.
Baptiste averaged 10.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in the ultra-competitive ACC last season. The Tampa native appeared in all 34 games for the Hokies, starting 19. She scored a season-high 24 points in a win over Richmond.
Zakharova joins a Charleston squad that finished 25-7 a year ago and advanced the Mountain East Conference. In 32 games with the Raiders last season, Zakharova scored over 100 points on the Panhandle Conference championship squad.
Trasi looks to be a key factor in the LSU rebuild. Trasi averaged 9.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game for the Raiders. The 6-2 forward shot 49.4 percent from the field and totaled over 220 rebounds.
Sherer posted 5.6 points per game for NWF last year. The Tupelo, Miss., native looks to help the Governors improve on a 15-15 campaign and a fifth-place finish in the OVC.
Meertens signed with one of the most improved teams in the NCAA. Clemson broke out on the ACC scene winning 20 games, nine more than the year prior, and finished seventh overall in the standings. Meertens scored 10 points and hauled in 4.6 rebounds per game for NWF last season.
McCoy inked with her hometown school after being named All-Panhandle Conference First Team. The 6-3 forward tallied 10.9 points and 6.1 boards per game, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field.
Ranked as the No. 59 junior college player in the country last year, Mayo was name All-Panhandle Conference Second Team after finishing second on the team with 11.8 points per game. The shot 61.8 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from 3-point range.
Gayle started every game in her two seasons for the Raiders. As a sophomore, she scored 12.3 points per game to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists. UCF finished last season 26-7 and 13-3 in the American Athletic Conference. The Knights advanced to the NCAA Tournament falling to Arizona State in the First Round.
Echi was rated as the No. 97 junior college prospect in the nation by ESPN and was named All-Panhandle Conference Second Team. Echi started in all 32 games averaging 6.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game.
Named a McDonald's All-American in 2017, Booth sat out last season but received a redshirt prior to signing with Middle Tennessee.
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