A look at the Shootout women's field

MARC LESTER / Anchorage Daily News


LAST SEASON: 20-10, second in Mid-American-West

COACH: Sue Guevara, fifth season (56-68, including 0-2 start this season)

GO-TO PLAYERS: Brandie Baker, a 6-foot junior guard, was an all-MAC honorable mention last season. Niki DeGuilio, a 5-8 guard, was last season's MAC freshman of the year.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: In 2009, the Chippewas upset national runner-up and No. 23 Louisville at Rose Center.

ETC: Central Michigan boasted the third-highest scoring offense in the country last season, averaging 80.5 points per game en route to just the fourth 20-win season in program history.


LAST SEASON: 12-19, 13th in Big East

COACH: Jose Fernandez, 12th season, (173-165, including 3-2 start this season).

GO-TO PLAYERS: Andrea Smith, a 5-8 senior guard, averaged 16.5 points per game last season to lead the Bulls, but is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in a season-ending loss to Pittsburgh last spring. Smith's sister Andrell Smith, a 5-8 junior guard who was second on the team in scoring last season, is averaging 10.4 points per game through five games this season.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: The Bulls won their first postseason title when they claimed the National Invitational Tournament in 2009, beating Kansas in front of 16,113 fans at Allen Field House in Lawrence, Kansas.

ETC: South Florida has played in a postseason tournament in seven of the last eight seasonss.


LAST SEASON: 27-4, second in the Atlantic Coast Conference

COACH: Katie Meier, seventh season, (103-91, including 2-1 start this season).

GO-TO PLAYERS: Shenise Johnson was the ACC player of the year last season. The 5-11 senior guard, averaged a double-double last season, scoring 18.5 points and pulling in 11 rebounds per game. She also has an impressive streak of 73 straight games scoring in double figures. Riquna Williams, a 5-6 senior guard, led the ACC with 21.7 points per game last season.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: Miami won its first ACC championship last season and finished 28-5, losing to Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

ETC: South High graduate Sylvia Bullock, a 6-2 senior forward, started every game last season and tied for first on the team in blocked shots, with 29. She'll be the third member of her family to play in the Shootout -- sister Beatrice helped Iowa to the 2001 championship and brother Peter appeared in four Shootouts (2000-03) during his four-year career at UAA.


LAST SEASON: 27-7, second round of NCAA Division II tournament.

COACH: Tim Moser, fifth season, (112-20, including 4-0 start this season)

GO-TO PLAYERS: Hanna Johansson and Alysa Horn are the only returning starters from last season. Johansson, a 6-2 center, led the team in scoring (13.2 points per game) and rebounding (6.8) last season. Horn, a 6-foot junior, was the team's second-leading scorer (11.4) and second-leading rebounder (6.1).

ONE SHINING MOMENT: Actually four shining moments -- the Seawolves captured four straight Great Alaska Shootout titles between 2006 and 2009.

ETC: UAA's roster has an international flavor -- Johansson is from Sweden, junior guard Bruna Deichmann is from Brazil, freshman guard Gritt Ryder is from Denmark, junior center Miriam Seale is from England and redshirt forward Milena Samson is also from Sweden. Representing Alaska are Horn, who's from Kodiak, and junior guard Jordan Martin, who graduated from East High.

-- Compiled by Daily News sports reporter Jeremy Peters