by Katie Parker, sports information graduate
MARTINEZ, Ga. - The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) released its annual women's basketball preseason coaches poll this past Wednesday (Oct. 28) with the Georgia College & State University team tied with Columbus State University for the fourth slot.
For the second time in three years, Clayton State University has been selected as the Peach Belt women's preseason favorite. The Lakers received seven of a possible 12 first-place votes, just edging out defending PBC Champions Francis Marion University. Lander University was third followed by fourth place split between Georgia College and Columbus State.
The Bobcats are fresh off a sixth place finish in the PBC last season with a 17-11, 12-8 conference mark. Shandrea Moore, a 2nd Team All-Conference pick last year, returns for her senior year. Junior Dominique Huffin won Freshman of the Year in 2008, which was a first in GCSU history. The Bobcats top returning performers include Huffin (10.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg), Moore (9.8 ppg, 5.4 apg) and Antoinette Reames (9.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg). The Bobcats led the conference in three-points made, blocked shots, field goal percentage defense and scoring defense last season.
Georgia College returns to action with exhibitions traveling to Mercer University Nov. 5 and then to Auburn University Nov. 8. The ‘Cats open up season play hosting Lenoir-Rhyne University Monday, Nov. 16 with a 7 p.m. tip-off time.
The GCSU Department of Athletics, winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.