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Bully Grabs Preseason All-SAC Honors; Women's Basketball Picked 7th in Coaches Poll


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- Catawba’s women’s basketball team was picked seventh in the 2014-15 South Atlantic Conference coaches poll.  Senior Chloe Bully was named to the preseason all-conference first team.  Defending champion Wingate was voted the favorite in the poll, picking up six first-place votes and received 123 points from the panel.

 Catawba returns three of its starters from last season in Bully, who started all 27 games, along with the trio of Jada Huntley, Zhaquondalee Greer and Emma Ucinski, who combined on 48 starts.  The Lady Indians will have to replace to the loss of starters Antoinette McPhail and Mallary Clay.  McPhail averaged 10.2 poitns and 6.8 rebounds, while Clay scored at an 8.5 per game clip.

 Bully led the team last season with a 13.9 scoring average and made a team-leading 48 three-pointers.  Huntley added 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds a contest.  Greer put up a 7.7 scoring average with Ucinski posting 6.4 points a game and was second in assists with 57 on the year.

Wingate turned in an overall record of 24-6 and a 17-5 Conference mark last season and earned the SAC’s automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.  Coming in at No. 2 in the poll was Newberry, who received three first-place votes and 114 points.  The Wolves finished the 2013-14 season with a 15-12 overall record and an 11-11 record in League play.

At No. 3 in the poll was 2013-14 Regular-Season Co-Champion, Lenoir-Rhyne.  The Bears totaled two top bids and 109 points from the panel.  Lenoir-Rhyne closed out the season at 24-7 overall and 17-5 in the SAC en-route to earning an at-large bid to the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.

Carson-Newman landed at the No. 4 slot with 102 points.  The Eagles made a run to the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship after turning in an overall record of 16-14 and 12-10 League record.

Lincoln Memorial rounded out the top five as it garnered 91 points.  The Railsplitters finished the 2013-14 season at 16-11 overall and 15-7 in the South Atlantic Conference.

Anderson came in at No. 6 with 88 points, followed by Catawba with 75 points.  Coker’s 67 points was good for No. 8, while Tusculum picked up 54 points to come in at No. 9.  Mars Hill landed at No. 10 with 42 points and Brevard (33 points) and Queens (26 points) finished up the poll.

The South Atlantic Conference also announced its Preseason All-Conference Teams with Lenior-Rhyne’s Jazmine Charles headlining the first-team.  A consensus All-American a season-ago, Charles was tabbed the South Atlantic Conference and Southeast Region Player of the Year after averaging 17.4 points per outing.

Haylee Lepaio of Newberry and Kristen McMillon of Tusculum joined Charles on the first-team.  Lepaio posted 18.9 points per game last season to earn first-team All-South Atlantic Southeast Region honors, while McMillon ripped down 11.9 rebounds per game to earn honorable mention All-SAC honors.

Jenni Gust of Lenior-Rhyne, Bully and Sierra Simpson of Anderson rounded out the list of preseason first-team honorees.  Gust earned first-team All-South Atlantic Conference honors last season as she posted 12.5 points per game.  Bully turned in 13.9 ppg last season, while Simpson finished the 2013-14 campaign with 10.0 points per outing.  Bully and Simpson each earned second-team All-SAC accolades last season.

Earning second-team honors were Tanesha Stenson of Coker, Kaitlyn Cupples from Carson-Newman, Lesley Woods (Anderson), Chantal Dunbar from Wingate, Tatum Burstrom of Carson-Newman and Samantha Creed from Newberry.

Catawba will play three exhibition games over a span of one week starting Thursday at Davidson.  On Sunday, the women will travel to Elon then to Charlotte on Wednesday.  The Lady Indians open regular season play on Nov. 14 against Mount Olive in a tournament at Queens.

Women’s Preseason Poll - Points
1. Wingate – 123
2. Newberry – 114
3. Lenoir-Rhyne – 109
4. Carson-Newman – 102
5. Lincoln Memorial – 91
6. Anderson – 88
7. Catawba – 75
8. Coker – 67
9. Tusculum – 54
10. Mars Hill – 42
11. Brevard – 33
12. Queens - 26

Women’s Preseason All-Conference
First Team:
Jazmine Charles, Lenoir-Rhyne
Haylee Lepaio, Newberry
Kristen McMillion, Tusculum
Jenni Gust, Lenoir-Rhyne
Chloe Bully, Catawba
Sierra Simpson, Anderson

Second Team:
Tanesha Stenson, Coker
Kaitlyn Cupples, Carson-Newman
Lesley Woods, Anderson
Chantal Dunbar, Wingate
Tatum Burstrom, Carson-Newman
Samantha Creed, Newberry

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