October 17, 2012

Saint Leo Selected Ninth in Preseason Poll

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Collecting 48 points, the Saint Leo women's basketball team was selected to finish ninth in the Sunshine State Conference Preseason Poll, it was announced Wednesday by SSC Commissioner Jay Jones.

The Lions, who introduce five new players to last season's squad, will begin their 16-game conference slate on December 1 when they challenge Nova Southeastern.

Saint Leo finished the 2011-12 season on a strong note pushing some of the SSC's best to the brink, including a double-overtime session with Eckerd and a six-point win over Tampa. The Lions also enjoyed a six-match winning streak to start last year.

A relatively young group, the Lions returns their two top scorers in Chelsea Williams and Chelsea Connelly, as well as the sophomore talents of Kinnara Lewis and Sarah Winans.

Rollins, NCAA Division II semifinalists, were selected as the preseason favorite to win the league title in 2012-13.

The Tars picked up a total of 188 points and 13 first-place votes in a preseason poll conducted among conference coaches and sports information directors. Rollins was the SSC regular-season co-champion and tournament champion in 2011-12.

Nova Southeastern was tabbed second in the preseason poll and collected the remaining five first-place votes. Tampa took the third spot with 131 points. Florida Tech occupied the fourth slot with 117 points.

The next three positions in the poll were separated by just nine points. Eckerd was projected to finish sixth with 83 points. Lynn was slated seventh with 78, followed closely by Barry in the eighth slot with 74 points.

Saint Leo will kick-off its 2012-13 season at the University of Tampa Classic as they take on Virginia Intermont from the Bob Martinez Sports Center on the campus of the University of Tampa. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.

For more on the women's basketball team, please visit SaintLeoLions.com. Also, be sure to 'Like' the Lions on Facebook, and 'Follow' the Lions on Twitter.

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2012-13 SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE PRESEASON WOMEN'S BASKETBALL POLL

Rank - Team, Points (1st Place Votes)
1 - Rollins, 188 (13)
2 - Nova Southeastern, 165 (5)
3 - Tampa, 131
4 - Florida Tech, 117
5 - Florida Southern, 88
6 - Eckerd, 83
7 - Lynn, 78
8 - Barry, 74
9 - Saint Leo, 48