TSUSports.com: Lady Tigers claim first place selection in SWAC Preseason Poll

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - On the heels of its first Southwestern Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Championship in program history, Texas Southern has been selected as the Preseason favorite to win the conference crown in the 2017-18 season in a poll of the league's Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors.
    The announcement was made during the SWAC's annual tip-off media teleconference Wednesday morning.

    The Lady Tigers, who earned a share of the regular-season crown -- for the second-straight season -- alongside Grambling State thanks to identical 14-4 records in league play, posted a 23-10 overall record on their way to the tournament championship.

    Alabama State (120 points) was tabbed to finish third, with Southern (108 points) and Alcorn State (89 points) rounding out the top five. Slotted to finish sixth through 10th in the preseason prognostications were Prairie View A&M (73 points), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (66 points), Jackson State (63 points), Alabama A&M (34 points) Mississippi Valley State (32 points).

    Texas Southern guard and 2017 SWAC Women's Basketball Tournament MVP Joyce Kennerson, who led the league in scoring at 18.3 points per game, was selected to the Preseason First Team along with fellow teammate Artavia Ford who was selected at the forward spot.

    Texas Southern's Breasia McElrath was tabbed as a Second Team All-SWAC selection at forward after a solid campaign last season.

    WOMEN'S 2017-18 PRESEASON AWARD WINNERS

    PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Shakyla Hill, Grambling State

    PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Alexus Freeman, Alcorn State

    PRESEASON ALL-SWAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - FIRST TEAM
    Guard - Shakyla Hill, Grambling State
    Guard - Joyce Kennerson, Texas Southern
    Forward - Brianna Green, Southern
    Forward - Artavia Ford, Texas Southern
    Center - Tatyana Calhoun, Alabama State

    PRESEASON ALL-SWAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - SECOND TEAM
    Guard - Jazmin Boyd, Grambling State
    Guard - Monisha Neal, Grambling State
    Forward - Breasia McElrath, Texas Southern
    Forward - La'Sha Haynes, Prairie View A&M
    Center - Shawntayla Harris, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

    PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH (points earned in parentheses):
    1. Texas Southern (149)
    2. Grambling State (146)
    3. Alabama State (120)
    4. Southern (108)
    5. Alcorn State (89)
    6. Prairie View A&M (73)
    7. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (66)
    8. Jackson State (63)
    9. Alabama A&M (34)
    10. Mississippi Valley State (32)

    Courtesy: TSU Athletics
     

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