|L-R Women Picked Second In SAC Coaches Poll|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Thursday, 31 October 2013 16:34|
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team was picked second in the 2013-14 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, league officials announced this morning.
L-R received four first-place votes for a total of 112 points. Newberry was voted to win the league title after garnering 114 points including five first-place votes.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns four starters from a squad which finished 19-10 on the season last year including a 13-5 mark in league play and advanced to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament in Morrow, Ga.
In addition, the Bears are ranked No. 23 in the 2013-14 NCAA Division II Bulletin National Preseason Top 25 Women's Basketball Poll.
Junior guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) was named to the all-league preseason first team for the Bears. Charles, a 2012-13 All-SAC First-Team honoree, led the team in scoring (11.3 ppg) and three-pointers made (44) last year.
L-R sophomore guard Jordan Hiatt (Mount Airy, N.C.) is another top player returning for the Bears. Hiatt averaged 7.3 points and 4.6 rebounds last year en route to league all-freshman team accolades.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Harrisonburg, Va., to take on James Madison on Sunday beginning at Noon in an exhibition. L-R opens the 2013-14 season on Saturday, November 9, against Barton in the SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge in Jefferson City, Tenn., at 5:00 p.m.
L-R's first home game on the season takes place on Wednesday, November 20, against Queens in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 6:00 p.m.
2013-14 South Atlantic Conference
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 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Women's Basketball Teams
Haylee Lepaio, Newberry
Samantha Creed, Newberry
Jazmine Charles, Lenoir-Rhyne
Chloe Bully, Catawba
Antionette McPhail, Catawba
Chantal Dunbar, Wingate
Janitsha Williams, Wingate
Tuccoa Brackett, Brevard
Shonice Pettaway, Queens
Tatum Burstrom, Carson-Newman
MaRanda Boddie, Lincoln Memorial
Kalasia Green, Lincoln Memorial
Ansley Ricker, Mars Hill
Photo Courtesy: Jazmine Charles, L-R Athletics
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