Losing center Kiara Kudron will leave a huge whole for the Zags in many ways. Not only was she a great interior presence on defense but she did the dirty work to allow Jill Barta to dominate on the offensive end and receive the accolades. It will take multiple Zags to replace her productivity, or maybe just a pair.
The Zags will have five bigs competing for two spots and the talented twins Jenn and LeeAnne Wirth will look to be double trouble for opponents this season. Both are all around talents, but each right now are better on one end than the other.
Jenn is the better player offensively at this point while Leanne is more of a defensive player at this junction. This will help Coach Fortier design the best lineups depending on the game-time situations.
The other two veterans vying for playing time will be senior Emma Wolfram and junior Zykera Rice. The 6'5 Wolfram will most likely be the starting center alongside Barta and Rice will come off the bench playing either position.
The two forwards (Kudron and Tinkle) combined for 13 rebounds last year and were great defenders so it will be upon all the bigs to make up that difference to keep the team on top of the WCC.
The Zags will have the advantage again with size with BYU's Kalani Purcell graduating, arguably the only true low post threat any of the other nine schools could offer.
Just like the men's side, the WCC is known more for the guard play so teams with quality post players enjoy a distinct advantage once conference play arrives. And if these girls can all step their games up another level, the titles will remain in Spokane.