ASHEVILLE, N.C. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Kayla Christopher (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) and junior Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) were both selected to the Southern Conference Coaches' Preseason All-Conference team the league office announced in conjunction with the Basketball Tip-Off Thursday morning.
Christopher and Hall were both named all-conference last season by the league coaches and accounted for nearly 30 percent of the Lady Mocs offense and 32 percent of the rebounding. They are two of three returning starters, joined by senior Kylie Lambert (Etowah, Tenn.).
Christopher is a two-time all-conference performer and Hall earned her first nod last season. Hall was selected to the league's all-tournament team last year while Lambert was named to the same team in 2011.
Davidson's Sophia Aleksandravicius, the 2012 SoCon Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, was selected the preseason favorite for Player of the Year for the second straight year. She is joined on the team by teammate Laura Murray.
Appalachian State led all schools with three selections to the all-conference team in Anna Freeman, Maryah Sydnore and Courtney Freeman, sister to Chattanooga sophomore Kayla Freeman (Carlton, Ga.). Elon's Ali Ford and Kelsey Evans were named to the preseason all-conference team and Furman's Brittany Hodges rounds out the list.
The Lady Mocs were selected to finish third by both the conference coaches and the SoCon Media. Davidson received five first place votes from the league coaches for 94 points while the Mountaineers garnered four first place votes and 91 points. Chattanooga snapped up the remaining two votes and had 86 points for third. Samford was selected fourth while Elon and Furman tied for fifth with 61 points each.
Western Carolina was picked seventh (43) followed by Wofford (33), College of Charleston (21) and UNCG (17).
In the media poll, Appalachian State received 12 of the 22 votes in the preseason voting for 226 points. Davidson received eight votes and 216 points while Chattanooga garnered the final two votes and 210 points for third. Samford was selected fourth (178), Elon fifth (146) and Furman sixth (128).
Western Carolina was picked seventh with 108 points while College of Charleston received 78 points for eighth place. Georgia Southern, with a new coach on the bench, was selected ninth (62) followed by Wofford (58) and UNCG (42).
Chattanooga tips off the 2012-13 season on Friday, November 9 at home against Tennessee. This will be an historic event as the Lady Vols will be without Hall of Fame Coach Pat Summitt at the helm. Holly Warlick was promoted from associate head coach to the top spot following Summitt's retirement last season.
Tickets are on sale at the McKenzie Arena box office or online at GoMocs.com. Season tickets are available as well as single-game tickets and mini-packs. Call the box office at 423-266-MOCS (6627) for more information.
2012-13 SoCon Women's Coaches Preseason Poll
Appalachian State (4)
College of Charleston
2012-13 SoCon Preseason All-Conference Team
2012-13 SoCon Preseason Player of the Year
|2012-13 SoCon Media Preseason Poll|
|1.||Appalachian State (12)||226|
|8.||College of Charleston||78|
2012-13 SoCon Women's Basketball Media Preseason Poll
Team (1st Place Votes) Total Points
1. Appalachian State (12) 226
2. Davidson (8) 216
3. Chattanooga (2) 210
4. Samford 178
5. Elon 146
6. Furman 128
7. Western Carolina 108
8. College of Charleston 78
9. Georgia Southern 62
10. Wofford 58
11. UNCG 42