The Anderson College women top the 2006-2007 preseason poll as voted on by CVAC head basketball coaches for the third straight year. During his first season, Anderson University women’s head basketball coach Jeff Dow led the Lady Trojans to a record of 27-5 (18-2 CVAC), a second straight CVAC regular-season title, a third straight CVAC Tournament title, and a third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. “We would like to use the momentum we gained last season as a springboard,” Dow states. “The transition will be easier this year. The players responded well last year. They adapted to a completely different system than what they were accustomed to. That’s part of the reason we’re so optimistic about this season. As coaches, we know the skills our players have and where we can put them in positions to succeed. I think we can hit the ground running a little faster.”
At 83.5 points per game, the Lady Trojans led the nation in scoring last season for the second time in the past three years. Anderson will be led by senior All-American and CVAC Player of the Year candidate Deidra Langston, who averaged 18.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season. Langston needs 521 points to reach 2,000 points for her career.
Barton College takes the polls second spot, by returning 12 players from a 23-8 team that finished second in the CVAC at 17-3 and advanced to the first round of the NCAA tournament. Three starters will be joined by a talented cast of returnees and newcomers this season as the Lady Bulldogs look to build on last year’s success. The 2006-07 Barton edition will be comprised of four seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and three freshman. Seniors Jo Denevan, Gina Harshman, Veronica Johnson, and Adrienne Walker will be counted on for their leadership on and off the court.
“Our young ladies bring a great deal of talent to the court,” 19th-year Barton head coach Wendee Saintsing said. “We have added talent in the guard spots and have an experienced frontcourt, along with added depth at each position. This group will challenge each other for playing time and will push each other to achieve their highest potential.”
Pfeiffer women’s basketball team has climbed five spots from last year’s preseason coaches’ poll to fill the third position. Under the direction of second year head basketball coach Heather Macy, the team finished 2005-06 with its best finish since the 2002 season with a 14-15 (11-9 CVAC) record. This year’s team returns four starters including All-Conference and All-Tournament performer Tamara Clay. Clay ended the season ranked fifth in the nation and first in the CVAC in steals per game. In addition to the defensive pressure that Clay provided, she was also in the top ten in scoring in the CVAC, while leading Pfeiffer in points, steals, and rebounds.
Rounding out the lady's poll 4-11 was: Belmont Abbey, Mount Olive, Erskine, Limestone, Lees-McRae & St. Andrews tied, Queens, and Coker respectively.
CVAC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
1. Anderson College (7) 97
2. Barton College (2) 87
3. Pfeiffer University (2) 84
4. Belmont Abbey College 66
5. Mount Olive College 56
6. Erskine College 52
7. Limestone College 44
T-8. Lees-McRae College 42
T-8. St. Andrews Presbyterian College 42
10. Queens University of Charlotte 20
11. Coker College 15
2006-07 CVAC “Preseason Players to Watch” List
(As selected by the member institutions)
Name: School: Year: Highlights:
Deidra Langston, Anderson Sr. 2005-06 1st Team All-CVAC
Mikala Fogle-Wilson Anderson Jr. Guard averaged 13.7 PPG off the bench
Jo Denevan, Barton Sr. 2005-06 2nd Team All CVAC
Kim Butts Barton Jr. Guard averaged 8.6 PPG, 3.3 AGG
Amy Mulnix Belmont Abbey So. 6’2 Center
Hannah Lunt Belmont Abbey Fr. 6’1 Forward
India Elliot Coker Sr. Team Captain
Tara Nelson Coker Sr.
Kristy Vaughn Erskine So. 6’0 Center
Lisa Jackson Erskine Sr. 5’6 Guard
Cortney Furr Lees-McRae So. PG Started 20 of 28 games
Monica Adams Limestone Jr. All-CVAC honorable mention, 13.6 PPG
Tiffany Jones Limestone Jr. Guard averaged 9.9 PPG
Keona Corley Mount Olive Jr. Holds school single-game assists record
Tomeka Prichard Mount Olive So. 2005-06 CVAC Freshman of the Year
Tamara Clay Pfeiffer Sr. 05-06 2nd Team All CVAC, 5th in NCAA steals
Phylicia Turner Queens Sr. 5’5 Guard averaged 14 PPG
Ciera Brown Queens Jr. 6’1 Center averaged 7 PPG & 7 RPG
Karen Foggie St. Andrews Sr. 05-06 All-CVAC Honorable Mention
Danielle Norman St. Andrews Jr. 5’11 Transfer post player