(NEW ORLEANS, La.) - The Southern States Athletic Conference released their 2012 Women’s Basketball Coaches Preseason Poll. This poll consisted of the head coaches from each participating school ranking in the SSAC overall and their schools division. Lee University topped the ranks with 196 points followed by Faulkner with 173. Loyola University New Orleans ranked a close third with 170 points. The Wolf Pack was picked second behind Faulkner in the SSAC West Division.
The season opens with a road trip to Miami this weekend. Loyola will face Johnson and Wales on Friday with tip off slated for 7 p.m. and Saturday against St. Thomas at 2 p.m.
Despite losing two key players, Amy Sprout and Keiva Council, head coach Kellie Kennedy’s team returns starters Jasmine Brewer, Megen Berner, and Janeicia Neely. Brewer, a NAIA All-American honorable mention and SSAC All-Conference honoree, led the ‘Pack in rebounds as well as double-doubles. She also scored her career high 26 points against the University of Mobile. Brewer was voted All-Louisiana 3rd team, and named the 2011-2012 National All Jesuit Women’s basketball team.
Senior forward Megen Berner will continue her strong defense and an impressive career shooting percentage of 60.2. She scored a career high of 16 points against Belhaven last season.
Sophomore returners, Janeicia Neely, Callie McNally, Rebekah Greer, and Alexis Ambeau will continue to be a vital part of this team’s success. Neely will be counted on to provide leadership in the backcourt. Senior Adriene Easley will continue to add depth to round out the returning guards.
In addition to the veterans, the ‘Pack adds incoming freshman 5-7 guard Tyler Thompson (Bossier, La.), 5-9 guard Cassidy Eymard (Belle Chasse, La.), 5-10 forward Shayne Charles(New Iberia, La.), 5-9 shooting guard Briana Oglesby(Baton Rouge, La.), and 5-4 point guard Katie Youngblood(Long Beach, Miss.).
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