Lady Bobcats tabbed eighth in Conference Carolinas Preseason Poll

HIGH POINT, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team is picked to finish eighth in the race for the 2010-11 Conference Carolinas championship, announced league officials with the release of the preseason coaches' poll.

Lees-McRae returns eight letter-winners from last year's squad, including senior Erin Thompson (Ashburn, Va.). The Lady Bobcats received 34 points in this year's poll, placing them eighth in the league coaches' prediction of the season's final standings.

Barton College is picked first in this year's poll, having received five first-place votes and 93 total points after capturing the program's second straight conference title last season. Mount Olive College is predicted to finish second, garnering three first-place votes and 79 total points. Queens University of Charlotte is tied for second with Mount Olive, receiving 79 total points and two first-place votes, while Limestone College is fourth with two first-place votes and 76 total points.

Belmont Abbey College is tabbed fifth in the poll with 73 points, followed by Pfeiffer University (61), Erskine College (48), and Lees-McRae (34). Coker College and Converse College are picked to finish tied for ninth with 23 points each, while St. Andrews Presbyterian College is tabbed 11th with 16 points.

Lees-McRae opens its exhibition schedule on Saturday, Oct. 30 when the Lady Bobcats make the short trip to Boone, N.C. to take the floor against Appalachian State University. Tip-off is slated for 11 a.m. The Lady Bobcats will open their 2010-11 campaign on Nov. 18 when they host Tennessee Wesleyan University at 6 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.

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2010-11 Conference Carolinas Preseason Poll

Rk. School (1st Place Votes) Points
1 Barton (5) 93
2 Mount Olive (3) 79
2 Queens (2) 79
4 Limestone 76
5 Belmont Abbey 73
6 Pfeiffer 61
7 Erskine 48
8 Lees-McRae 34
9 Coker 23
9 Converse 23
11 St. Andrews 16