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Women's Basketball Third in SAC Preseason Poll


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- The Catawba women’s basketball team was tabbed third in the 2015-16 South Atlantic Conference preseason coaches’ poll.  The poll and the preseason all-conference teams were announced by the league office on Tuesday.  Junior Bri Johnson (Statesville, N.C./N. Iredell HS/Belmont Abbey) earned preseason first team honors.

Johnson averaged 13.5 points a game last year for the Lady Indians and was a first team All-SAC selection.  She added 4.9 rebounds with 37 assists and 28 steals.  Johnson connected on a team-best 47 three-point goals.

Anderson was selected as the preseason favorite by the coaches.  The Trojans collected four top votes and received 117 points from the panel.  Last year, Anderson turned in an overall record of 27-5 and a 20-2 SAC mark.

The 2015-16 Women’s Basketball season gets underway on Thursday Nov. 5.  Catawba will open its campaign on Friday, November 13th against Mount Olive in the Queens Tournament at Charlotte.  Tip-off is 6 p.m.

Men’s Preseason Poll - Points
1. Anderson – 117
2. Wingate – 112
3. Catawba – 109
4. Newberry – 107
5. Carson-Newman – 106
6. Lenoir-Rhyne – 82
7. Lincoln Memorial – 78
8. Mars Hill – 60
9. Coker – 43
10. Brevard – 41
11. Tusculum – 37
12. Queens – 29
Women’s Preseason All-Conference
First Team
Samantha Creed, Newberry
Bri Johnson, Catawba
Katie Williams, Brevard
Jasmine Franklin, Anderson
Tatum Burstrom, Carson-Newman
Madison Lenox, Brevard

Second Team
Morgan Cooper, Lenoir-Rhyne
Jessica Simerly, Carson-Newman
Morgan Mcgee, Wingate
Alexis Dillard, Anderson
Jai Jai McLaughlin, Carson-Newman
Megan Pittman, Lincoln Memorial

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