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Cowgirls Picked To Finish Fourth In Preseason Polls

The McNeese women's basketball team have been picked to finish fourth by the league's coaches and sports information directors in the 2013-14 Southland Conference preseason polls as released by the league office earlier today.

"Practice has been different without two of the best players (Ashlyn and Caitlyn Baggett) that have come through this program. We are just trying to find our way but I love the group that we have and I like the returners that we have coming back," said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.
 
McNeese tied for fourth place last season after posting a 21-15 overall record and an 11-7 Southland Conference record. The Cowgirls advanced to the Southland Conference Tournament championship game for the third consecutive season last year and advanced to the WBI championship game. The Cowgirls picked up their first postseason win in school history last year with its 82-70 win over Mercer.
 
"We have a big void to fill and there will be a lot of people who will try to fill that void for us," said Williams.
 
The Cowgirls return six letterwinners and three starters from last season including senior Cecilia Okoye, the 2013 Southland Conference "Newcomer of the Year". The Cowgirls also return seniors Arianna James and NeTanya Jones, junior Alaina Verdin and sophomores Allison Baggett and Jayln Johnson.
 
"Cecilia has had a great fall, summer and preseason. She is a kid that has grown up a lot. It think she was a different player from the beginning of last season to conference and maybe the middle of conference play. She was inconsistent last year and I think she has been more consistent in her play and work ethic so far."
 
The Cowgirls have eight newcomers this season including seven freshmen. McNeese will opens its season on Nov. 8 against Wiley College with a 7 p.m. tipoff.
 
To purchase tickets, please call the McNeese ticket office at (337) 475-4MSU.
 
2013-14 Women's Basketball Preseason Polls
Coaches' Poll

Place Team (first place votes)
 
1. Stephen F. Austin (7) 

2. Oral Roberts (3) 

3. Nicholls (2)

4. McNeese State 

5. Sam Houston State

6. Central Arkansas
7. Lamar 

8. Northwestern State
9. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 

10. Southeastern Louisiana
11. New Orleans
12. Houston Baptist
 
SID Poll

Place Team (first place votes) 

 
1. Stephen F. Austin (7)

2. Oral Roberts (3)

3. Nicholls (1)

4. McNeese State 

T5. Sam Houston State 

T5. Lamar
7. Central Arkansas (1)

8. Northwestern State 

9. Southeastern Louisiana 

10. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
11. New Orleans
12. Houston Baptist
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