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S.C. State women’s basketball coach Doug Robertson is excited about the players on his roster; he just wishes he had a few more as the season gets underway.

The Bulldogs will begin the season with only nine players but expect to add more at the end of the semester.

“We return five players from last year’s team that went 20-9, and we have two who were starters. That’s a plus,” Robertson said.

But there were some glitches in recruiting, he said, so the team will be shorthanded as the season gets underway.

The returning starters are Cabriel Duren (5.7 ppg, 2.55 apg) and Kourtney Williams (7.5 ppg). Center Ci Ci Goodwin (2.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg) also is back along with guard Mykala Jones (4.1 ppg). Recruits include junior college transfers Brittany Andersen and Chelsea White.

“For our scoring load, we’re going to rely on Kourtney Williams and Mykala Jones. Those kids are extremely talented,” Robertson said.

“If we can get through some of the growing pains, we should be ready to play our style of basketball by the second week of December. We have to hold on until then.”

Robertson said the team will have to be road warriors. Eight of the Bulldogs’ first nine games are on the road, including trips to Georgia, College of Charleston, Clemson and South Carolina.

“I hope our Bulldogs will be ready to play,” Robertson said. “We have to play like warriors. We have to fight for everything. Our expectations are to compete and play with a lot of effort and energy.”

S.C. STATE SCHEDULE

DATE OPPONENT

Nov. 4 Claflin 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 15 at UNC Greensboro 2 p.m.

Nov. 19 at USC Upstate 7 p.m.

Nov. 21 Presbyterian 6 p.m.

Nov. 26 at Georgia 7 p.m.

Nov. 30 at College of Charleston 2 p.m.

Dec. 14 at Clemson 2 p.m.

Dec. 17 at Alabama A&M 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 19 at Jacksonville State 6 p.m.

Dec. 22 at South Carolina Noon

Dec. 30 Maryland-Eastern Shore 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 6 Southern Wesleyan 6 p.m.

Jan. 11 at Morgan State 2 p.m.

Jan. 13 at Coppin State 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 18 Florida A&M 4 p.m.

Jan. 20 Bethune-Cookman 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 25 Norfolk State 4 p.m.

Jan. 27 Hampton 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 1 at Florida A&M 2 p.m.

Feb. 3 at Bethune-Cookman 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 at Delaware State 2 p.m.

Feb. 15 N.C. Central 4 p.m.

Feb. 17 N.C. A&T 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 Savannah State 4 p.m.

March 1 at N.C. Central 2 p.m.

March 3 at N.C. A&T 6 p.m.

March 6 at Savannah State 5:30 p.m.

March 10-15 MEAC Tournament, Norfolk, Va. TBA