Cumberland Women's Basketball selected 12th in MSC Preseason Coaches' Poll
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Cumberland Women's Basketball selected 12th in MSC Preseason Coaches' Poll

LEBANON, Tenn.- Cumberland University women's basketball was selected twelfth in the Mid-South Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, the conference announced on Thursday. 

Third-year head coach Scott Blum returns eleven players from last year's squad. The Phoenix are returning only three players that played more than 20 minutes-per-game last season but had a lot of girls see game action with 10 returners. Those players are senior guard Mackenzie Trouten, sophomore guard Gracie Johnson and junior forward Brittany Miller who led the Mid-South in rebounding last season. Coach Blum brought in three freshmen this season and Mississippi Valley State transfer Sydnie Ward.

The preseason poll is comprised of votes from conference coaches in which they were not allowed to vote for their respective teams.

Campbellsville University has been selected as the consensus favorite to win the Mid-South Conference Women’s Basketball Regular Season Title in 2020-21. Last season, the Tigers won the MSC Regular Season Title with a 14-2 conference record.

Shawnee State University is ranked second in the poll with 105 points and two first-place votes. The Bears won the MSC Tournament Championship this past season. Thomas More University enters the preseason poll in third with 98 points and two first-place votes following their runner-up performance in the tournament last season.

Bethel University, who is a new full-time member of the MSC, ranks fourth in the poll with 95 voting points and one first-place vote. Lindsey Wilson University is fifth in the poll with 88 points and the final first-place vote. Freed-Hardeman University, who is also a new full-time member of the MSC, ranks sixth in the poll with 66 voting points.

The University of the Cumberlands gathered 59 points to come in ranked seventh. The final conference newcomer Martin Methodist University garnered 52 voting points in the poll.

The University of Pikeville picked up 46 voting points for ninth in the poll. Georgetown College gathering 33 points for tenth, while Life University captured 22 voting points to finish 11th in the poll.

The 2020 Mid-South Conference Women’s Basketball Championship will tip-off on February 26 and end on March 1 at Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green, Ky.

The Phoenix tip off their season with a Mid-South Conference matchup on the road against Bethel University on October 8 in McKenzie, Tennessee. 

2020-21 Mid-South Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Pos.

Team

Points (First-Place Votes)

2019-20 Record (MSC)

1.

Campbellsville (Ky.)

115 (6)

29-3 (14-2)

2.

Shawnee State (Ohio)

105 (2)

29-4 (13-3)

3.

Thomas More (Ky.)

98 (2)

22-10 (9-7)

4.

Bethel (Tenn.)

95 (1)

29-4 *

5.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

88 (1)

26-6 (13-3)

6.

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

66

27-6 *

7.

Cumberlands (Ky.)

59

19-12 (6-10)

8.

Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

52

23-11 *

9.

Pikeville (Ky.)

46

16-15 (6-10)

10.

Georgetown (Ky.)

33

14-16 (5-11)

11.

Life (Ga.)

22

14-17 (4-12)

12.

Cumberland (Tenn.)

13

8-20 (2-14)

* First season of MSC play