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Jacksonville State Women’s basketball team is looking to improve on its 2011-12 record of 4-25.

Head Coach Annett Watts is returning for her third season with the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks were one of the youngest teams in the OVC last year. They return 6 sophomores from that freshman class that saw a lot of playing time last year.

One of those returning sophomores is Briana Morrow. Morrow, a 5’11 forward from Nashville, Tennessee, was the team’s leading scorer last season averaging 11.4 points per game. She was named to the OVC All-Newcomer team.

The Gamecocks also welcome junior Deshauna Truss to the active roster. Truss sat out last season due to the NCAA Transfer rules. Coach Watts has named Truss the starting point guard.

That moves sophomore Guard Candace Morton to the shooting guard spot vacated by former Gamecock Destiny Lane. Returning for her final season is center Danielle Vaughn. The 6’0 senior from Huntsville nearly averaged a double-double last season with 10.5 points per game and 9.2 rebounds.

The Ohio Valley Conference picked JSU to finish last in the east division.

Coach Watts remains optimistic about the Gamecocks. “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish,” said Coach Watts at the OVC Media Day. “I think we’re going to surprise some people.”

The Gamecocks play an exhibition game against Blue Mountain College on Monday at Pete Mathews Coliseum at 5:15 before opening their season on November 11 in Tuscaloosa against the University of Alabama.

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