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Women's Basketball Selected Sixth in Preseason Coaches Poll

HIGH POINT, N.C. Ė The Limestone College womenís basketball team has been voted as the preseason favorites in Conference Carolinas for the first time in team history. The Saints are coming off their best season in the 30-year history of the program, finishing with a 25-7 overall record and a 16-2 mark in league play while claiming the Conference Carolinas Regular Season and Tournament Championships. Pfeiffer University was selected sixth in this year's preseason poll.

Limestone returns a backcourt from last seasonís team that reached the NCAA Tournament, including a trio of seniors. Senior guard Maria Young (Asheville, N.C.), named First Team All-Conference and the Conference Carolinas Tournament Most Valuable Player a season ago, is poised to become in the teamís all-time leading scorer while senior guard Tia Williams (Dacula, Ga.), a two-time All-Conference selection.

Barton College is coming off a 21-9 season where it seized the East Division Conference Carolinas title at 14-3. The Lady Bulldogs return one full-time starter in junior point guard Nyeshea Willie, who was league Freshman of the Year and followed that up All-Conference accolades last season. Janae Jackson, Elaine Morgan and Shante Neal also started a lot of games for Barton, which returns 13 players. Three new players have been added to the roster, including two transfers.

Mount Olive College returns all five starters - including three players with eight or more rebounds per game - from last yearís squad, which came within one win of its fourth 20-win season in the last five years. The Trojans were 19-9 last year and finished second in the Conference Carolinas East Division with a 12-5 mark.

The Trojans bring back two-time All-Conference Carolinas senior guard Andrea Jones, who ranked among the conference scoring leaders with 15.3 points per game and 57 three-pointers. Jones reached double figures in 23 of 28 games. Senior and All-Conference Carolinas forward Tamara Nesmith came within two assists and two steals of recording the first quadruple-double in Trojan basketball history. She averaged 13.5 points per game and was among the conference leaders with 8.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.6 steals per contest.

Coker finished fourth in the poll with North Greenville fifth followed by Pfeiffer, Queens, Belmont Abbey, Erskine, King, Lees-McRae, and Converse respectively rounding-out the poll standings.

Conference Carolinas Women's Basketball Pre-Season Poll (# of First Place Votes in Parenthesis)†††††††††††††††††
Limestone - (11) 121
Barton - (1) 108
Mount Olive - 96†
Coker - 89†
North Greenville - 82†
Pfeiffer - 67
Queens - 66†
Belmont Abbey - 49†
Erskine - 45†
King - 35†
Lees-McRae - 22†
Converse - 12

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