Scoring won't be an issue for Penn State—the Nittany Lions have nine of their top 10 scorers back, including the high-octane backcourt of 5'9" junior guard Maggie Lucas (19.5 ppg) and 5'7" senior point guard Alex Bentley (14.1 ppg). "We are going to play fast and run the court," says coach Coquese Washington, "so our post players just have to run and join the party to get opportunities in transition. We have a lot of options because we have the depth and experience in the frontcourt."
After Cal was knocked out of the NCAA tournament by Notre Dame last March, McGraw sought out Bears coach Lindsay Gottlieb to tell her she thought Cal would be a Top 10 team in 2012--13. The talent is there. The Bears have 11 returning players, including 5'9" sophomore point guard Brittany Boyd and senior shooting guard Layshia Clarendon (a team-best 12.8 ppg). With a nod to knocking off Stanford in the Pac-12 and going deep in the tournament, Cal's slogan this season is WE ARE READY. Those words appear on a blackboard in Cal's locker room. Says Gottlieb, "This program is ready for the next step."