Rock Hill, S.C. - Brevard’s Micheala Watkins and Anna Schlobohm were both selected to the 2011 SAC Women’s Preseason All-Conference team, while the Tornados were picked 10th in the Coaches’ Poll as announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
Watkins and Schlobohm join BC alum Samantha Winn as the only members of the BC women’s basketball program to receive preseason accolades from the South Atlantic Conference, with both Watkins and Schlobohm earning Second Team selections, as the Tornados prepare for their fourth season in the NCAA Division II and the SAC.
Wingate has been ranked No. 1 in SAC women’s basketball preseason coaches poll and leads the way with three preseason All-Conference selections, league officials announced on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs finished the 2010-11 season with a record of 19-11, and their 12-6 SAC record was the league’s second-best. Wingate was also runner-up in the 2011 Food Lion SAC Women’s Basketball Championship, and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Wingate, which received seven first-place votes, will be led by first team preseason All-SAC selection Kurie Washington. A member of the 2010-11 All-Conference first team as well, Washington averaged 13.6 points a season ago. The Bulldogs also have two student-athletes on the preseason All-SAC second team.
No. 2 in the coaches poll is Lenoir-Rhyne, which is coming off a 14-13 (11-7) season a year ago. The Bears received one first-place vote in the poll.
L-R will be paced this season by preseason first team All-Conference selection Cameron Sealey, who was second in the league in scoring last season en route to earning first team All-SAC honors.
Newberry is third in the preseason coaches poll, followed by 2011 Food Lion SAC Tournament and regular season champion Tusculum at No. 4 and Catawba at No. 5.
Catawba returns 2010-11 first team All-Conference selection Dana Hicks, who averaged 17.2 points and led the league with 11.6 rebounds per game.
Next in the coaches poll is No. 6 Carson-Newman. The Eagles went 14-16 (9-9) a year ago, and will once again be paced by forward Zoriah Williams, a member of last season’s All-Conference first-team. Williams finished 2010-11 just shy of averaging a double-double with 12.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.
C-N is followed by No. 7 Mars Hill, No. 8 Lincoln Memorial and No. 9 Anderson. Mars Hill and LMU each have one student-athlete on the preseason All-Conference first team, while MHC has one second-teamer as well.
The preseason All-SAC teams are voted on by the league’s media relations directors.
The SAC women’s basketball regular season gets underway on Friday, Nov. 11. The 2012 Food Lion SAC Basketball Championship will take place March 3-4 in Hickory, N.C.
SAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
Team Points (1st-Place)
1. Wingate 94 (7)
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 82 (1)
3. Newberry 72
4. Tusculum 61 (1)
5. Catawba 58 (1)
6. Carson-Newman 56
7. Mars Hill 45
8. Lincoln Memorial 44
9. Anderson 25
10. Brevard 13
Preseason All-SAC First Team
Zoriah Williams, Carson-Newman
Dana Hicks, Catawba
Cameron Sealey, Lenoir-Rhyne
Dayshalee Salaman, Lincoln Memorial
Taylor Deal, Mars Hill
Kurie Washington, Wingate
Preseason All-SAC Second Team
Micheala Watkins, Brevard
Anna Schlobohm, Brevard
Tyler Carlson, Mars Hill
Shannon Depew, Carson-Newman
Simone Rutledge, Wingate
Janitsha Williams, Wingate