LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland women’s basketball and ninth-year head coach Jeremy Lewis were picked fourth in the Mid-South Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll released Tuesday by the national office.
Lewis returns nine letterwinners but just two starters and lost the team’s top four scorers from last season, including Third Team All-American Nicole Bowers and All-Mid-South Conference honorees Taliah Moore and Julia Fox.
Senior guards Jailen Murphy (6.4 points, 3.2 rebounds) and Janisha Lindsey (5.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists) return as the club’s leading scorers from 2016-17. No other returner started more than two games or averaged more than four points or 2.2 rebounds.
A small but strong group of newcomers will look to fill the void for the Phoenix this season, beginning with senior guard Micah Norris, a Murfreesboro native who played last season at East Tennessee State. Kyra Tucker spent the last two seasons at Vincennes University and Ant’Treasia Patton played two years at Austin Peay. Carli Codner-Pinto, who spent the last two seasons at Columbus State Community College in Ohio, will share the point guard duties with Lindsey.
Shawnee State received four first-place votes and 46 total points to take first place in the Coaches’ Poll, with Campbellsville University and Lindsey Wilson tied for second with 41 points. Campbellsville posted one first-place votes and Lindsey Wilson got the other three.
Cumberland ranked fourth with 29 points, just ahead of the University of Pikeville (26 points) and the University of the Cumberlands (20). Georgetown College (14) and Life University (7) rounded out the poll.
The Phoenix open the season Monday, October 30 at home against Oakwood University and host Martin Methodist on Friday, November 3 as well.
2017 Mid-South Conference
Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll
|No.||School (First-Place Votes)||Points||2016-17 Record|
|1.||Shawnee State (4)||46||31-3, 13-1|
|2.||Campbellsville University (1)||41||28-7, 10-4|
|3.||Lindsey Wilson (3)||41||32-3, 13-1|
|4.||Cumberland University||29||15-12, 4-10|
|5.||University of Pikeville||26||27-11, 8-6|
|6.||University of the Cumberlands||20||15-15, 4-10|
|7.||Georgetown College||14||8-20, 4-10|
|7.||Life University||7||6-25, 0-14|