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DeShazo and Thorne Claim Spots on SAC Women's Basketball Preseason All-SAC Teams

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ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) -- Catawba took the third spot in the 2020-21 South Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll. Additionally, senior Taisha DeShazo and sophomore Lyrik Thorne earned preseason all-conference honors. The poll and all-conference teams were released by the conference office on Wednesday.

Carson-Newman has been tabbed as the favorite team to win. The Eagles, coming off a 22-8 season, picked up seven first-place votes. Anderson, last season’s champion claimed two first-place votes and is runner-up in the poll.

Catawba received a pair of first-place to grab the third spot in the poll. The Catawba Indians went 23-6 overall last year, with a record of 17-5 in SAC action. In addition to DeShazo and Thorne, the Lady Indians return two other starters and four of its top five scorers.

DeShazo led Catawba in scoring a year ago, averaging 14.9 points a game, which included a school-record 42 points in a win over UVA Wise. The senior added 4.6 rebounds a game with 41 steals. Thorne chipped in at 10.2 a game with a team best 73 assists and 56 steals. 
 
The 2020-21 women’s basketball season gets underway on Nov. 21 with a full slate of league action. Each team will have regular COVID-19 testing weekly to ensure the health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. Additionally, each institution will have limited spectator seating in order to comply with state and local health guidelines.

Due to the current state and local guidelines in North Carolina, Catawba will not allow attendance by the general public at this time.
 
All of the SAC women’s basketball games will be streamed live online for free through the SAC Live Digital Network. Links to live video and live stats of all the games, as well as a full schedule of games can be found by visiting the women’s basketball page on TheSAC.com.
 
2020-21 SAC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
1. Carson-Newman, 149 (7)
2. Anderson, 141 (4)
3. Catawba, 134 (2)
4. Wingate, 116
5. Newberry, 100
6. Lincoln Memorial, 94
7. Tusculum, 93
8. Limestone, 87
9. UVA Wise, 77
10. Lenoir-Rhyne, 67
11. Coker, 45
12. Queens, 41
13. Mars Hill, 26
 
2020-21 SAC Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference
First Team
Teliyah Jeter, Wingate
Madeline Hardy, Lenoir-Rhyne
Keli Romas, Newberry
Braelyn Wykle, Carson-Newman
Caitlyn Ross, UVA Wise
Taisha DeShazo, Catawba

Second Team
Taylor Hair, Anderson
De'Ja Marshall, Mars Hill
Kristian Eanes, Queens
Addison Byrd, Carson-Newman
Lyrik Thorne, Catawba
Nia Vanzant, UVA Wise

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