POLL: @UTTylerWBB picked second in ASC East

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

RICHARDSON – UT Tyler seniors Alex Kochner and Demi Cumby have been named to the American Southwest Conference Preseason Watch List and the Patriots are picked second in the ASC East Division.

The University of Texas at Dallas and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor have been picked to win the 2017 American Southwest Conference East and West Division titles, respectively, following a vote of the league's head coaches, sports information directors and select media members, the ASC office announced Tuesday.

UT Dallas (25-4, 15-1 ASC) received 104 points and all 10 of 16 first-place votes to lead the East Division. Head coach Polly Thomason and the Comets are coming off a ASC Championship run and a trip to the NCAA Championship Regional, which they hosted.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (18-9, 10-6 ASC) was picked to win the West Division with 62 points and six out of 12 first place votes. The Cru, under head coach Mark Morefield, were the runners-up in the West last season and advanced to the ASC Championship semifinals.

UT Tyler (20-7, 11-5) received five first place votes in the East Division after advancing to the ASC semifinals a year ago.

Howard Payne University (15-11, 12-4) received four first place votes in the West after winning the division a year ago.

The 2017 ASC Women's Basketball Watch List is composed of players nominated by the head coaches and returns one all-conference selection, four all-division recipients and three individual award winners. Leading the list of returning players is All-ASC selection and reigning West Division Player of the Year Jaela Dejean (Houston, Texas / Concordia Chicago) of Concordia Texas.

The 2017 season marks the 22nd in league history. Regular season play begins Wednesday, November 15. The three-day, eight-team, single-elimination conference tournament is slated for February 22-24 at the site of the East Division No. 1 seed. The ASC Championship Tournament features the top four seeds from both divisions. An automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship will be on the line.

 

ASC Women's Basketball Preseason Polls

East Division

No.

Team (First-place votes)

Pts. 

2016-17 Record (ASC)

1.

UT Dallas (10)

104

25-4 (15-1)

2.

UT Tyler (5)

98

20-7 (11-5)

3.

Louisiana College (1)

79

10-16 (7-9)

4.

LeTourneau

58

13-13 (10-6)

5.

Belhaven#

50

14-11 (n/a)

6.

East Texas Baptist

40

3-22 (1-15)

7.

Ozarks

28

10-15 (5-11)

# Ineligible for 2017 ASC Championship / NCAA Championship (Div. III Provisional)

 

West Division

No.

Team (First-place votes)

Pts.

2016-17 Record (ASC)

1.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (6)

62

18-9 (10-6)

2.

Howard Payne (4)

58

15-11 (12-4)

3.

Concordia Texas (1)

52

16-10 (9-7)

4.

Hardin-Simmons (1)

32

8-16 (4-12)

5.

McMurry%

27

9-15 (5-11)

6.

Sul Ross State

21

10-16 (7-9)

% Ineligible for 2017 ASC Championship / NCAA Championship (Div. III Reclassifying)

 

ASC Women's Basketball Preseason Watch List

East Division

Name

Pos.

Class

School

Ke’Asia Gray

G

Jr.

Belhaven

Lauren Lee S

C

Sr.

East Texas Baptist

Keauna Whitfield

G

Fr.

LeTourneau

Madison Mayfield

F

Fr.

LeTourneau

Brooke Jones #

C

Sr.

Louisiana College

Kourtney McGhee #

G

Sr.

Louisiana College

Zharian Maxmillion F

F

So.

Louisiana College

Hailey Ostrander

G

Jr.

Ozarks

McKenzie Petty

G

Sr.

UT Dallas

Madison Steele

F

Sr.

UT Dallas

Megan Badejo

C

Sr.

UT Dallas

Alex Kochner

G

Sr.

UT Tyler

Demi Cumby

G

Sr.

UT Tyler

 

2016-17 East Division Second Team Selection #

2016-17 East Division Freshman Team F  

2016-17 East Division Defensive Team D

2016-17 East Division Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year S

 

West Division

Name

Pos.

Class

School

Jaela Dejean *$WD

G

Sr.

Concordia Texas

Mercedes Ellison H

G

Jr.

Concordia Texas

Kaycie Dunkerley

F

Fr.

Concordia Texas

Valarie Matlock D

G

Jr.

Howard Payne

Presley McKethan

G

Sr.

Howard Payne

Jada Evans

G

Sr.

Howard Payne

Kendall Rollins RT

G

So.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Alicia Blackwell T

G

So.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Hannah Holt #FY

G

So.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Sham Hunter 2

G

Sr.

McMurry

Skyler Reyna TD

F

So.

McMurry

Taylor Gass

G

Jr.

Sul Ross State

Erica Solomon-Powell

G

So.

Sul Ross State

Reginique Coleman

F/C

Fr.

Sul Ross State

 

2016-17 All-ASC Selection*

2016-17 West Division Player of the Year*

2016-17 West Division First Team Selection $

2016-17 West Division Second Team Selection 2

2016-17 West Division Honorable Mention 2

2016-17 West Division Defensive Team D

2016-17 West Division Freshman of the Year R

2016-17 West Division Freshman Team T

2016-17 East Division Second Team Selection #

2016-17 East Division Freshman Team F  

2016-17 East Division Freshman of the Year Y