I knew questioning Christyn as a lock to start would be questioned but here is my reasoning on that. I do not consider Anna or Paige to be a serious threat to Christyn at SG for a couple of reasons, but Evina I think is.I'm in almost full agreement. The one notable exception is regarding Liv being "the only completely sure thing starter". Liv will definitely start because we need her size up front and she needs to continue her upward arc she was on under Jamelle. If I had to pick a sure fire starter though it would be Christyn because she is literally 2X (+) more experience in the UCONN offense than any other player on this roster. 2X= twice as many starts, minutes and experience in big games.
Anna is probably best at the 3 and Paige obviously at the 1, but Christyn is much better at the 2 and that is also in my opinion, the best position for Evina. A couple of things would have to happen for it to boil down to a Christyn vs. Evina battle for the two.
First Paige would have to win the PG battle, including against Evina, and Anna would have to improve enough to fight off Evina's challenge there as well. Paige is the top recruit and Anna is the incumbent starter, so it could happen. Then it would be Christyn vs. Evina for the SG spot.
I suspect if the question was framed in that way, either Christyn or Evina at SG that a vote would be pretty close between the two. Both highly rated recruits who may have under-performed expectations a little bit so far, with Evina having the disadvantage of coming back from injury and Christyn being the incumbent.
Evina is a threat to start at multiple positions, but she has significant competition at all of them, the high school player of the year and two incumbent starters, and even if you stretch to the small-ball argument playing way out of position against Griffin or Edwards. Not a sure thing against any of them, and head to head against Christyn, Evina could be better.
I suspect Evina will start at PG or SF and a head to head battle between her and Christyn won't happen, but my point is it is possible, and if it comes to that you can't be sure Christyn would emerge on top. So in my opinion Christyn is fairly secure, but far from a lock, mostly because she could be in competition with Evina.