Posted: Thursday, October 31st 2013 at 8:45pm
UNG women's basketball picked to finish second in Peach Belt
MARTINEZ -– In a vote of Peach Belt Conference head coaches, the University of North Georgia women's basketball team has been picked to finish runner up in the 2013-2014 conference race. The Nighthawks received 153 votes and collected a pair of first place votes.
For the third year in a row Clayton State University has been selected as the women's basketball preseason favorite. The Lakers received 12 of a possible 13 first-place votes in the coaches poll to finish with 168 points, 15 ahead of second-place UNG.
North Georgia reached the PBC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history in 2012-13. The Nighthawks won 10 conference games last season, the most since going 19-1 back in 2005-06, their first year as a part of the Peach Belt. North Georgia won five of their final six contests of the year and return nearly the entire squad for 2013-14. Leading the way are senior forwards Jaymee Carnes and Mimi Hill. Carnes was the PBC Player of the Year as a sophomore and ranked in the PBC's top five in scoring, rebounding and blocks while Hill averaged 14.1 points per game and was in the league's top 10 in rebounding, blocks and field goal percentage.
"The pre-season ranking is great for our program. Of course it's based on the success of last year's team and the potential of this year's team," stated head coach Buffie Burson. "At the end of the day everyone is shooting for the top spot in the final poll. The Peach Belt conference is incredibly tough game in and game out. Our team is working hard and is ready for a great season."
Clayton State is coming off a near perfect 2012-13 season, finishing the year with a 32-1 mark. Clayton State dropped its only game of last season in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, two wins from the national championship game. The Lakers closed the regular season ranked No. 1 in the country and finished the season ranked 5th in the nation. Clayton State has already been ranked No. 3 in the nation in the WBCA preseason poll.
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