Posted: Oct 25, 2012 5:57 PM
RICHARDSON, Texas - Tarleton State is the top choice to defend its Lone Star Conference title, according to the 2012-13 LSC preseason women's basketball poll announced Thursday.
The league's preseason polls reflect the opinions of LSC head coaches and sports information directors, plus various media representatives from throughout the region.
Tarleton (23-9 overall, 17-3 LSC) claimed its first-ever LSC Championship and Tournament crown last season. The TexAnns earned first-place votes on 20 of the 31 ballots for a total of 323 points. West Texas A&M finished second in the poll with seven first-place nods and 303 points.
Midwestern State was third with 262 points and one top vote, Angelo State fourth (212 and two first-place nods) and Incarnate Word fifth (211).
Texas Woman's was tabbed sixth (176), Abilene Christian seventh (170 and one top vote), and Cameron eighth (157). Texas A&M-Kingsville (98), Eastern New Mexico (93) and Texas A&M-Commerce (41) rounded out the poll.
Additionally, ACU's Mackenzie Lankford was honored as Preseason Player of the Year. Lankford was the top choice on 14 of the 31 ballots cast. Tarleton's Kiara Wright and Peyton Adamson received four nods each, while four others collected the remaining votes.
Lankford, a junior from Weatherford, Texas, was a Daktronics third team NCAA Division II all-America in 2011-12. She led the league and finished fifth in NCAA Division II in scoring, with 21.5 points per game en route to All-Lone Star Conference first team acclaim. Lankford was also named to the all-academic team.
The LSC has 11 teams set for this season and the competition should be as close as ever. The season begins November 9 with LSC teams playing a double round robin league schedule, in which each team plays a home and away contest against each of the other teams to determine the LSC champion.
The LSC champion will be the regular season winner determined by league games, while the postseason tournament winner is designated as LSC Tournament Champion and earns the conference's automatic qualification. The top eight teams in the final conference standings qualify for the postseason tournament set for March 6-9 in Allen, Texas.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 1st TOTAL
1 Tarleton State 20 323
2 West Texas A&M 7 303
3 Midwestern State 1 262
4 Angelo State 2 212
5 Incarnate Word 211
6 Texas Woman's 176
7 Abilene Christian 1 170
8 Cameron 157
9 Texas A&M-Kingsville 98
10 Eastern New Mexico 93
11 Texas A&M-Commerce 41
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