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Ladies in waiting

11/13/2004

Our list of the top five point guards might have looked familiar as four of our selections were holdovers from last season.

That's why picking this group was so fun -- four are newcomers to ESPN.com's preseason awards. With players such as Alana Beard, Kelly Mazzante and Diana Taurasi hogging the honors, our list of the top five shooting guards hadn't changed in two years.

But now, here are five fresh faces whose spotlights are about to get bigger (listed alphabetically with 2003-04 stats):

Caity Matter, Ohio State, 5-9, senior
"One of the Big Ten's top shooters should get more recognition this year with the Buckeyes contending for the league
title." -- Mechelle Voepel

Tan White, Mississippi State, 5-7, senior
"Impressive since her freshman year, she's aggressive, can slash, plays hard defense, rebound and has a really nice shot." -- Nancy Lieberman
"Does pretty much everything for her team, but this season could work on improving 3-point percentage (.267)."
-- Mechelle Voepel

Tanisha Wright, Penn State, 5-11, senior
"The only player in Big Ten history to twice win league defensive player of the year honors can also score without hesitation. She's always been a slasher; last season she really improved her outside shot." -- Nancy Lieberman
"Very versatile, strong player and solid defender who becomes the centerpiece for her team now that Kelly Mazzante is gone." -- Mechelle Voepel

Shanna Zolman, Tennessee, 5-10, junior
"Proved leadership abilities last season when Loree Moore went down. Has always been an excellent shooter but also worked hard to improve her defense. Helps Indiana live up to reputation as a hotbed for talent." -- Nancy Lieberman
"A really clutch shooter whose work ethic has made her even more a complete player. Proved at the Final Four she's a big-game threat." -- Mechelle Voepel

Note: White was included in last season's top five wings.

Honorable mention: Kelley Suminski, Stanford.

ESPN analyst Nancy Lieberman, ESPN.com columnist Mechelle Voepel and Melanie Jackson, who coordinates ESPN.com's women's basketball coverage, contributed to the selection process.