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SAC Coaches Pick Women's Basketball Fourth in Preseason Poll


ROCK HILL, SC -- Catawba was picked fourth in the 2013-14 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll.  It was announced by the league office on Thursday.  Catawba placed two players, Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM/KOL Landen HS) and Antoinette McPhail (Timmonsville, SC/Darlington HS/Paine) on the preseason All-SAC teams.

Bully led the team and was fifth in the SAC in scoring last year with a 14.6 average, canning 59 three-point goals.  She led the league by dishing out 4.3 assists per contest.  McPhail ranked third in the SAC in rounding with a team-high 8.4 average.  She was averaged 11.3 points a game and blocked 29 shots.

Newberry was tabbed as the favorite in the poll.  The Wolves – which received five first-place votes in the preseason poll - is coming off a fourth-place finish in the SAC standings in 2012-13 after going 20-10 overall and 11-7 in the conference. 

Among Newberry’s returnees is 2012-13 All-American center Haylee Lepaio, who averaged a SAC-best 18.1 points per game in addition to nine rebounds per game last season.  Lepaio has been named a preseason All-American by DII Bulletin heading into 2013-14.

Lenoir-Rhyne is second in the SAC preseason poll and received four first-place votes.  The Bears went 19-10 overall and finished second in the league standings at 13-5 in 2012-13.  L-R reached the SAC Championship semifinals and also earned an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament last season. 

Earlier this month, L-R was ranked 23rd in the DII Bulletin preseason poll. 

Coming in at No. 3 in the SAC preseason poll is Wingate, followed by Catawba at No. 4.  Wingate received two first-place votes, while Catawba got one.  The Bulldogs finished tied for eighth in last year’s conference standings at 7-11, while the Indians were third at 12-6. 

Carson-Newman is fifth in the poll, followed by Lincoln Memorial at No. 6, Tusculum at No. 7 and defending SAC regular-season champion, SAC Tournament champion and NCAA Tournament selection Anderson at No. 8.  Rounding out the poll are SAC-newcomers Coker at No. 9 and Queens at No. 10, Brevard at No. 11 and Mars Hill at No. 12. 

2013-14 SAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Newberry, 114 (5)
2. Lenoir-Rhyne, 112 (4)
3. Wingate, 96 (2)
4. Catawba, 93 (1)
5. Carson-Newman, 74
6. Lincoln Memorial, 58
7. Tusculum, 50
8. Anderson, 48
9. Coker, 47
10. Queens, 41
11. Brevard, 30
12. Mars Hill, 29

2013-14 SAC Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
First Team
Haylee Lepaio, F/C, Jr., Newberry
Samantha Creed, G/F, Jr., Newberry
Jazmine Charles, G, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne
Chloe Bully, G, Jr., Catawba
Antionette McPhail, C, Sr., Catawba
Chantal Dunbar, F, Sr., Wingate

Second Team
Janitsha Williams, G, Sr., Wingate
Tuccoa Brackett, G, So., Brevard
Shonice Pettaway, F, Sr., Queens
Tatum Burstrom, G, So., Carson-Newman
MaRanda Boddie, G/F, Sr., Lincoln Memorial
Kalasia Green, G, Sr., Lincoln Memorial
Ansley Ricker, G, Jr., Mars Hill

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