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ETSU women picked fifth by A-Sun coaches

October 17th, 2013 6:19 pm by Staff Report

ETSU women picked fifth by A-Sun coaches

MACON, Ga. — The East Tennessee State women’s basketball team was picked to tie for fifth on Thursday in the Atlantic Sun Conference coaches poll while Lady Buccaneers senior Destiny Mitchell garnered preseason first team honors.

With seven first-place votes, the defending regular season champion Florida Gulf Coast was selected first. Tournament winner Stetson was second with Mercer third in the poll of A-Sun coaches. The top three were unchanged in the media poll with ETSU taking seventh.

Mitchell, who averaged 11.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Lady Bucs last season, was selected by the league head coaches to a ten-member preseason all A-Sun first team.

FGCU’s Sarah Hansen was voted the preseason player of the year while Stetson senior Sasha Sims was named the league’s preseason defensive player of the year.

First-year ETSU coach Brittney Ezell takes over a squad that went 8-18 overall and 6-12 in the conference last season but returns four starters and nine letter-winners.

The Lady Bucs will kickoff the season with a home exhibition against Shepherd University on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 1:30 p.m.

Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll
Rank School (First Place Votes) Points
1. FGCU (7) 97
2. Stetson (2) 86
3. Mercer (1) 83
4. Northern Kentucky 66
T5. ETSU 49
T5. North Florida 49
7. Jacksonville 43
8. USC Upstate 41
9. Lipscomb 22
10. Kennesaw State 14

Preseason Women’s Basketball Media Poll
Rank School (First Place Votes) Points
1. FGCU (30) 327
2. Stetson (2) 285
3. Mercer (1) 244
4. Northern Kentucky 183
5. USC Upstate 163
6. North Florida 158
7. ETSU 151
8. Jacksonville 132
9. Kennesaw State 89
10. Lipscomb 83

Player of the Year: Sarah Hansen, FGCU
Fan-Voted Player of the Year: Sarah Hansen, FGCU
Defensive Player of the Year: Sasha Sims, Stetson
Fan-Voted Defensive Player of the Year: DyTiesha Dunson, FGCU

First Team All-Atlantic Sun
Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown
*G — Sarah Hansen, FGCU, Sr., McKean, Pa.
*G — Queen Alford, Jacksonville, So., Decatur, Ga.
*G — Kendra Grant, Mercer, Sr., Macon, Ga.
*F — Sasha Sims, Stetson, Sr., Fayetteville, Ga.
G/F — Destiny Mitchell, ETSU, Sr., Bluffton, Ga.
G — Whitney Knight, FGCU, So., Winston-Salem, N.C.
G — Briana Williams, Mercer, Jr., McDonough, Ga.
G — Precious Bridges, Mercer, Jr., West Palm Beach, Fla.
G — Kayla Thacker, Northern Kentucky, Sr., Mt. Washington, Ky.
C — Brittany Starling, USC Upstate, So., Sumter, S.C.

*Unanimous Choice

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