Nashville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team will have to prove itself on the court as it was picked to finish sixth in the Ohio Valley Conference’s West Division, according to Tuesday’s preseason poll of the league’s coaches and sports information directors.Austin Peay received 42 points in the poll to finish sixth in the West Division ranking. UT Martin, the three-time OVC Tournament champion, was picked to win the division unanimously with all 22 possible first-place votes and 132 points.
SIU Edwardsville was picked second with 103 points and the other two first-place votes. They were followed by Eastern Illinois (85 points), Murray State (68) and Southeast Missouri (61).
“I’m not surprised by where we were picked in the preseason poll,” said Lady Govs head coach Carrie Daniels. “Considering where we finished last season we have a lot to prove to the league this season. Any accomplishments we receive will come from working hard during the season and that begins in two weeks.”
Tennessee Tech was picked to win the league’s East Division with 12 first-place votes and 119 points. The Golden Eagles were followed by Belmont (115 points, 9 first-place votes), Eastern Kentucky (95 points, three first-place votes), Morehead State (66), Tennessee State (65) and Jacksonville State (32).
No Lady Govs player was named to the league’s preseason poll. UT Martin’s Jasmine Newsome led the 10-player unit and was named the OVC’s Preseason Player of the Year.
Austin Peay, which began practice September 30th, will get its first test when it hosts Martin Methodist in a Sunday, November 3rd exhibition contest.