Williams and Lenox named preseason first team all-conference, Brevard voted 10thOctober 27, 2015
ROCK HILL, S.C. – With the 2015-16 women’s basketball season quickly approaching, the South Atlantic Conference office has released the SAC preseason polls on Tuesday morning. Brevard made program history with two Tornados making the preseason first team in Katie Williams and Madison Lenox.
“Williams and Lenox are outstanding young women that have developed into elite basketball players in the South Atlantic Conference,” head coach Shannon Reid explained. “They have developed a mindset and work ethic that is second to none and those key ingredients have changed the outlook of our women's basketball program. Their commitment to excellence on the court doesn't just stop there, as they are truly the epitome of model student athletes. They are also leaders in the classroom and in the community, which I am the most proud of. I am happy for Katie and Madison as this recognition is well deserved."
In the 2014-15 campaign, Williams and Lenox were the top scoring duo in the conference averaging 16.8 and 15.3 points per game. Williams, a senior from Robbinsville, North Carolina, was one of the most accurate shooters in the league from beyond the arc with a 42.4 clip with an 86.7 free throw percentage, both ranking in the top 5. Her sharpshooting last season earned her all-South Atlantic Conference second team honors as well as first team all-state in the College Division, comprised of all non-Division I programs, by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.
Lenox, a junior from Raleigh, North Carolina, led the squad with 5.4 rebounds per game, 19th in the SAC. She established herself as one of the elite defenders in the conference with averages of two steals and one block per match, she was one of two people to average at least one of each.
Both Williams and Lenox as less than 250 points away from joining the exclusive 1,000 career points club, which only has one member since Brevard joined the NCAA ranks in 2008.
“You cannot find two people more deserving of being named preseason first team then Williams and Lenox,” said Reid. “They have been instrumental to the positive progress the program has made over the past three years, where our conference win total has almost tripled from the previous four years. The two work so hard on and off the court and it inspires their teammates to constantly improve.”
The conference office also released the SAC preseason poll today, voted on by the coaches. In the poll Brevard was voted to finish 10th in the SAC.
The South Atlantic Conference had the most representation of any conference in Division II in the postseason, filling the Southeast Region bracket with five teams.
Last season, the Tornados went 8-18 overall, 6-16 in the conference. The six conference wins tied the program record for the most in season, matching the 2013-14 record.
The Tornados open up the 2015-16 at Claflin on Nov. 15, with the conference opener at Tusculum on Nov. 24.
Click here to read the full release from the South Atlantic Conference
Preseason All-SAC First Team
Samantha Creed, Newberry
Bri Johnson, Catawba
Katie Williams, Brevard
Jasmine Franklin, Anderson
Tatum Burstrom, Carson-Newman
Madison Lenox, Brevard
Preseason All-SAC 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
Preseason South Atlantic Conference Poll
1. Anderson - 117
2. Wingate - 112
3. Catawba - 112
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