Women's Basketball: Panthers picked third in West Division in preseason coach's poll

Women's Basketball: Panthers picked third in West Division in preseason coach's poll

The LaGrange women's basketball team was picked third in the USA South West Division in the preseason coach's polls released by the conference office. Each divisional preseason poll only includes votes from coaches within that particular division-only. Head coaches do not vote for their own teams in the balloting. Additionally, the conference welcomes new members Agnes Scott College, Salem College and Wesleyan College for the 2016-17 season.

The Panthers were 18-9 last season, and begin their fourth season with Coach Lee Buchanan. LC returns its top two scorers, junior guard Lauren Johnson and sophomore forward Marilauren Farr. Johnson average 8.9 points per game. Farr averaged 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Also returning is junior center Kymberli Payno, who tied for second in the conference with 40 blocked shots. The Panthers had the conference's top defense, allowing only 51.4 points per game.

Greensboro College  was picked to be the East Division favorite. Maryville College are the four-time defending USA South regular season champions and captured last year's conference tournament crown for the first time in program history.

The women's basketball regular season gets underway on Tuesday, Nov. 15 as nearly all of the league's 16 teams are in action. The Panthers start their season with the Pensacola Christian College Classic in Pensacola, Fla. on Nov. 17-19.

The 2017 USA South Tournament will once again take place on campus sites. The top-six seeded teams from each division will advance to the tournament. The top-two overall seeds from each division will host first and quarterfinal matches on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18. The winners of the quarterfinal contests will travel to the highest remaining seed who will host the semifinals and finals to be played on February 24-25.
 

2016-17 USA South Women's Basketball
Coaches Preseason Poll
East Division

Rank

Institution (1st Place Votes)

Pts.

1.

Greensboro (3)

44

2.

Ferrum (3)

41

3.

Methodist (1)

40

4.

Averett (1)

35

t-5.

Meredith

22

t-5.

N.C. Wesleyan

22

7.

William Peace

12

8.

Mary Baldwin

8

2016-17 USA South Women's Basketball
Coaches Preseason Poll
West Division

Rank

Institution (1st Place Votes)

Pts.

1.

Maryville (6)

48

2.

Piedmont (2)

43

3.

LaGrange

36

4.

Covenant

29

5.

Huntingdon

27

6.

Salem

20

7.

Agnes Scott

14

8.

Wesleyan

7