The Starting Five -- Women's Basketball Freshmen Guards 11-11-2013
#31 Whitney Coleman
Position: Guard
Height: 5'10"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Cary, N.C.
High School: Cary

High School: Enjoyed a fine senior campaign as she nearly averaged a double-double with 17.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game ... Averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per contest her junior season, earning first-team all-conference, second-team all-district and most improved player accolades ...Served as a team captain for head coach Patrick Daly and was a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society ... Also a Kappa Alpha Psi Scholar Award Winner ... Played for the Lady Phoenix AAU program which is coached by Teddie McKoy.

Coach Palmer on Coleman: "The first word that comes to mind when Whitney's name comes up is perseverance. She possesses a strong belief in herself and her teammates –which enables her to consistently improve and make those around her, better. She has great size at the guard position and will contribute to our program in all areas. I think Whitney was a little under the radar on the recruiting circuit, and we feel we have a diamond in the rough."

#14 Bailey Williams
Position: Guard
Height: 5'7"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Harrisonburg, Va.
High School: Spotswood

High School: Graduated with the most points, assists and steals in Spotswood High School history ... Led the Trailblazers to a 29-1 record and the 2013 Virginia Division 3 state title ... Scored 21 points to go along with nine rebounds, five assists and two steals in the state championship game ...Named Division 3 state Player of the Year while also garnering all-state, all-district and all-region accolades ... Earned first-team all-district, all-region and all-state honors last season as a junior at Spotswood High School – averaging 17 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 4.8 steals per game ...Entered her senior season with 1,099 points, 347 rebounds, 385 assists and 316 steals ... Under head coach Chris Dodson, became the first player, male or female, to reach 1,000 career points during her junior season ... As a three-sport athlete (basketball, volleyball, track and field), finished 10th at the Virginia state track and field meet in the hurdles ... Played her AAU basketball for head coach Randy Dunton's Team Virginia club and is a member o fthe National Honor Society and Social Studies Honor Society.

Coach Palmer on Williams: "I just love Bailey's competitive spirit and work ethic. I have seen her play hurt and injured, winning and losing, and it doesn't affect how hard she plays. Bailey can play both the point and shooting guard positions very effectively. She has great court vision that enables her to be a threat on both ends of the floor."

#25 Shanese Harris
Position: Guard
Height: 5'9"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Chesapeake, Va.
High School: Western Branch

High School: Racked up 345 points her senior season to become Western Branch High School's all-time leading scorer (boys or girls) with 1,700 ... Led the Bruins to a 23-4 overall record, 17-1 league mark last season and a No. 10 ranking in the state of Virginia ... Tallied 15.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.6 assists per game her junior campaign and was named to the all-district first team ... Followed that performance up with an equally as good senior season, averaging 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest .. As a sophomore, she turned in even better numbers with 20.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.9 steals and 3.8 assists per contest ... As a result, earned second-team all-state, first-team all-region, first-team All-Tidewater and District MVP honors ... Played her AAU basketball with the TYO Lady Neptunes and the program is coached by her high school coach TroyTerry.

Coach Palmer on Harris: "Shanese is already an accomplished player, but I think her best basketball is ahead of her. She comes from a stable, successful high school program that has prepared her for the next level. Shanese has the potential to impact us immediately with her scorer's mentality on the offensive end and her athleticism in the defensive and rebounding categories."

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