Basketball picked 7th in preseason GSAC Poll
November 11, 2011
DECATUR, Ga.- The Maryville women's basketball team has been selected by coaches from around the Great South Athletic Conference to win the conference title this season. The Scots ended the 2010-2011 regular season as the top-seeded team going into the GSAC tournament.
Returning for Maryville are juniors Tayler Smith and Janell Menard. The duo were both given All-Conference honors last season for their outstanding play throughout the season. Menard averaged 10.5 points and two steals per game. Smith had an average of 10 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game and had a shooting percentage of. 518 which was second best in the conference.
The LaGrange Panthers were picked to finish in second place this season. Katie Covington, last year's GSAC Player of the Year, returns for the Panthers after leading the conference in points last season with an average of 17.6 per game. She also led the GSAC in free throw percentage with .813. Also coming back this season is junior Heather Miller who joined Covington on the All-Conference team.
Reigning GSAC conference tournament winners Piedmont are slated to finish third during the 2011-2012 season. Sada Wheeler is back in green and white for the Lions after being named to the All-Conference team last year. Wheeler was second in the conference in blocked shots and fifth in offensive rebounds last season.
Entering this season with a brand new coach, Agnes Scott were chosen to finish fourth in the conference. Trish Roberts take over for Tony Ciccone and brings her own brand of coaching and playing experience to guide the Scotties. Genefine Sapateh is back for Agnes Scott and looks for her second straight All-Conference nod. She finished last season averaging 13.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
In the five and six slot are Huntingdon and Covenant. The Hawks look to improve on the their 4-10 record in conference last year and 9-17 record overall. Covenant was led that season by Jessie Blankenship who led the Scots with 13.4 points per game. She also led the team in rebound with 189 total.
Rounding on the poll are Salem, Spelman and Wesleyan. Junior Shamaz Denerson returns for the Spirits this season. She averaged 15 points per game for Salem and was sixth in the GSAC with 8.1 rebounds averaged per game.
Spelman also had a new coach at the helm, Terlynn Olds. She brings experience from Saint Leo University where she coached from 2005-2011. Returning for the Jaguars is Amanda Alexander who was named to the All-Freshman team last season.