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Lady Spartans basketball looks to improve next year

rp_primary_2015MEACTourn_huddleby Ryan Howard

Head Coach Debra Clark of the women’s basketball team is proud of her team, as they had one of their best seasons in the MEAC this year. Even though the team fell short in the semifinals of the MEAC Tournament, the Lady Spartans are looking to improve this offseason with their young talent and by adding some new players.

The Lady Spartans went 11-5 this season in the MEAC. This was their best record in the conference in thirteen years. The biggest win came in overtime against defending conference champions Hampton.

A big reason why the Lady Spartans were so successful this year was due to their senior leadership. As for Coach Clark, they’re going to be hard to replace.

“Rae Corbo, Aivah Parham, Jazamine Gray, and Ebony Brown were the nucleus of a lot of success we had,” said Clark.

Although the Lady Spartans are losing valuable seniors, they have hot young talent with the Roberts sisters.

“If Kala and Nia both continue to improve this summer, we will be really, really strong in the front court,” said Coach Clark.

Freshmen forward Kala Roberts, who won MEAC rookie of the year, had a phenomenal season. She averaged 12.2 points per game and led the conference in rebounds averaging 9.6 per game.

Her sister Nia Roberts, a sophomore forward, didn’t play as much this season due to injuries. When she did play, however, she was an impactful player on defense as she led the team with blocks.

“We got some freshmen signees coming in and we’re in the midst of recruiting some junior college players, so we can continue to improve as we’ve done over the years,” said Clark.

In the fall, new players will be joining the team to help them improve. Clark is excited about the young talent and the players joining the team as they prepare to start their journey to win a conference title.