When you take a look at the 2013-14 Lady Vols basketball roster, depth is not at a surplus.
In fact, the No. 4 ranked team in the country has five less roster spots than the UT men's team with a total of 10 active student-athletes.
Despite not being strong in numbers, second-year head coach Holly Warlick's team believes her squad is a force to be reckoned with, especially down low.
With their sights set on the program's ninth national championship, the team will rely heavily on its post game to shoulder much of the load and box out their opponents from getting in the way of their ultimate goal.
"I think we are extremely strong in the post area and it is our biggest strength," Warlick said of her personnel down low that has failed to be outrebounded this season through its first two games. "I think we've got a great chance of being one of the best groups in the country in the paint. It's going to be fun experimenting with our lineups on the court."
With the return of the team's top three rebounders from last season in Bashaara Graves, Isabelle Harrison and Cierra Burdick, the Lady Vols also added another presence to their frontcourt in former No. 1 ESPNU recruit Mercedes Russell.
"Being at the post position for the past two seasons I can see a big difference when comparing our frontcourt to years past," Harrison said. "Our game down low has really expanded and having Mercedes height and her athleticism on the court really adds to the package."
What glares off paper this season on the Lady Vols roster is that six players are listed at 6-foot-2 or taller, which has led the player to believe they'll be able to exploit the size mismatches on the court this season against opponents.
"We have so many great rebounders," sophomore forward Bashaara Graves said. "Me, Izzy (Isabelle), Cierra, Mercedes, Nia (Moore), and Jasmine (Jones) all can crash the boards and give the team second chance points. It's going to be hard for others to box us out. We are very tough inside."
While the conventional post player is expected to be somewhat less athletic than other players around them on the court, this group believes they can bring much more than just blocked shots and rebounds.
"We are all very athletic and can finish around the rim and we run the floor really well," Harrison said. "We all have been very vocal with one another and we are all very confident in our roles right now."
One coach that has worked especially hard with the girls down low in the paint is assistant coach Dean Lockwood.
"All of our girls in the paint have mobility," he said. "We don't have to worry about slowing the game up for any of them. There's no one of the four pure post players we have that fits that description. They can all get up and down the floor and they enjoy playing at that tempo."
Burdick, who is not a post by nature but a mix between small forward and power forward, believes that the 10th year assistant is one of the best in the country.
"I think hands down we have the best frontcourt in the country and I have a lot of confidence in all of our post players," Burdick said, who leads the team this season with 10 rebounds per game through its first two contests. "Dean is one of the best post coaches in the country."
As the team is early into their "Grind For Nine," they believe strongly in their post game and have complete confidence in what they can bring to the court.
Their confidence is so high one of the leaders down low even believes they could take on the men's frontcourt.
"We definitely feel like we have a better post game than the boys," Harrison said with a laugh at Lady Vols media day. "We would dominate the boys."