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Women's Hoops Voted Ninth in Big South Preseason Poll

Coastal returns four starters from last season's team

       

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Oct. 24, 2013

2013-14 Coastal Carolina Women's Basketball Fact Book

MYRTLE BEACH - The 2013-14 Coastal Carolina women's basketball team was voted to finish ninth in the Big South regular season by the league's head coaches and media members, according to an announcement on Thursday at the annual Big South Basketball media day in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Liberty was the preseason choice to defend its league title, garnering 261 points and 13 of the possible 25 first-place votes. 2012-13 Big South regular season co-runner-up Winthrop was second with 256 total points and recorded 11 first-place votes.

Campbell was voted third, receiving 206 total points. High Point (178) and Gardner-Webb (144, one first-place vote) earned the fourth- and fifth-place positions, respectively. Longwood (133), Presbyterian College (129), Radford (118), Coastal (91), Charleston Southern (79) and UNC Asheville (55) rounded out the poll.

Winthrop senior guard Dequesha McClanahan, who was named the Big South Player of the Year each of the past two seasons, was tabbed as the Preseason Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. Joining McClanahan on the Preseason All-Big South team are High Point's Stacia Robertson, Longwood's Daeisha Brown, Liberty's Emily Frazier, Presbyterian College's Karlee Taylor and Winthrop's Schaquill Nunn.

"Preseason rankings are just that -- preseason rankings," said first-year head coach Jaida Williams. "As a team and staff, we still have to continue to work hard every day in our preparation and we have to perform on game day. Our ranking is roughly where I thought it would be based on the talent we have returning and what personnel the rest of the league has returning,"

The Chanticleers return 10 of 13 members from last season's team that finished with a 13-16 overall record. The 2013-14 Chanticleers will look to be led by returning starters Angelica Henry, AJ Jordan, Alexx Puckett and Katelyn Connor along with senior Kayla Cook.

Henry, a senior guard, led Coastal in the scoring column during her junior campaign with a career-high 11.1 points per game mark and an 11.2 output in Big South contests. In addition, Henry recorded 76 steals, tying her seventh on the CCU single season all-time list.

Connor, also a senior, led the Chants in rebounding last season with a 6.5 per game clip, while tying with AJ Jordan as Coastal's second leading scorer at 9.6 points per game.

Coastal returns a total of 420 games played and 161 career starts from its 10 returners, while freshmen newcomers Karsen Sims and Olivia Carlton will vie for significant minutes.

Fans can see their first look at the 2013-14 Chanticleers on Sunday, Oct. 27 as the team plays Claflin in an exhibition contest. Tipoff inside The HTC Center is set for 2 p.m.

Coastal officially opens the Jaida Williams era on Saturday, Nov. 9 against Virginia Intermont at The HTC Center. The Chants will play their first conference game on Dec. 5 hosting Gardner-Webb. Coastal hosts the 2014 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championship at The HTC Center from March 4-9.

Season tickets for both men's and women's basketball are on sale now and can be purchased online at GoCCUSports.com or by calling 843-347-8499.

2012-14 Big South Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

Rk Team (first-place votes) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Points 1. Liberty (13) 13 10 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 261 2. Winthrop (11) 11 11 1 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 256 3. Campbell -- 2 12 8 -- -- 2 1 -- -- -- 206 4. High Point -- 2 4 3 8 4 3 -- 1 -- -- 178 5. Gardner-Webb (1) 1 -- 2 5 5 1 1 2 5 3 -- 144 6. Longwood -- -- -- 2 6 4 4 6 1 2 -- 133 7. Presbyterian College -- -- 3 3 1 6 1 3 4 2 2 129 8. Radford -- -- 1 1 2 5 6 3 3 2 2 118 9. Coastal Carolina -- -- -- -- -- 4 6 2 6 4 3 91 10. Charleston Southern -- -- -- 1 2 -- 2 4 2 11 3 79 11. UNC Asheville -- -- -- -- 1 1 -- 4 3 1 15 55

2013-14 Big South Conference Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop (Preseason Player of the Year) Kiera Gaines, Campbell Stacia Robertson, High Point Daeisha Brown, Longwood Emily Frazier, Liberty (tie) Karlee Taylor, Presbyterian College (tie) Schaquilla Nunn, Winthrop (tie)