published Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Lady Mocs picked to win SoCon

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team received nine of 11 first-place votes and is the coaches’ preseason pick to win the Southern Conference. Meanwhile, UTC forward Whitney Hood and guard Kayla Christopher made the coaches’ all-conference team.

UTC had won 11 straight league titles heading into last season, but the Lady Mocs finished third behind champion Appalachian State and Samford.

One reason the coaches might have picked UTC is that center Ashlen Dewart, one of ASU’s best players the past two seasons, has transferred to UTC. She won’t play this season, but another big post player, Tennessee transfer Faith Dupree, will be eligible in December.

Davidson’s Sophia Alexandravicius was the coaches’ pick for player of the year.

SoCon Women’s Basketball Coaches Preseason Poll

  1. UTC (9) 99
  2. Appalachian State (2) 88
  3. Elon 76
  4. Samford 71
  5. Davidson 67
  6. Furman 55
  7. Georgia Southern 51
  8. UNCG 35
  9. Western Carolina 27
  10. College of Charleston 21
  11. Wofford 15

SoCon Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team

Anna Freeman, Appalachian State

Sophia Alexandravicius, Davidson

Laura Murray, Davidson

Kelsey Evans, Elon

Ali Ford, Elon

Kaitlyn Murphy, Furman

Meredith Frye, Georgia Southern

Kayla Christopher, UTC

Whitney Hood, UTC

April Moorhouse, Wofford

SoCon Women’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year

Sophia Alexandravicius, Davidson

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about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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