ULM senior guard Lottie Moore was named to the Sun Belt Conference Womens Basketball Preseason All-Conference Third Team and the Warhawks were picked to finish fourth in the West Division, in a vote by the league coaches announced Monday afternoon.
Moore finished her junior season in the Sun Belt ranked 29th in scoring averaging 9.7 points per game. The West Monroe, La., native was second on the Warhawks in scoring and rebounding after averaging 5.6 boards per game last season.
I am excited for Lottie to be picked amongst the top players in this conference, head coach Mona Martin said. It says a lot about her to be honored like this. I feel like she is an outstanding player who did some really good things for us last year. She was one of the top defensive players in our conference and my expectations are really high for her.
Entering their third year in the Sun Belt, the Warhawks were picked ahead of New Orleans, Denver and Louisiana-Lafayette in the division. UALR and Arkansas State sit tied atop the West Division in total points, while the Trojans receiving eight of the 13 first place votes. Middle Tennessee received six first place votes and was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the East Division. Western Kentucky's Dominique Duck was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year.
This is a tough conference and every night you have to go out and play, Martin said. At one point last year, we were tied for first after being picked in sixth place. The rankings don't mean much, but we will obviously use it as motivation.
The Warhawks open the 2008-09 season with a home contest against Louisiana College on November 10 at 7 pm in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
Sun Belt Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll As voted on by all 13 league head coaches First place votes in parenthesis
East Division Points
1. Middle Tennessee (6) 71
2. Western Kentucky (6) 68
3. South Alabama 48
4. Florida International (1) 43
5. Troy 24
6. Florida Atlantic 19
West Division Points
T-1. UALR (8) 83
T-1. Arkansas State (5) 83
3. North Texas 57
4. ULM 50
5. New Orleans 38
6. Denver 34
7. Louisiana-Lafayette 19
Preseason All-Conference Teams
Anshel Cooper (UALR, Jr., G)
Kim Sitzmann (UALR, Jr., G)
Veronica Smith (Arkansas State, Jr., G)
Amber Jackson (North Texas, Sr., F)
Dominique Duck (Western Kentucky, Sr. F)
Monika Bosilij (Florida International, Jr., G)
Chelsia Lymon (Middle Tennessee, Jr., G)
Brittany Helm (North Texas, Jr., G)
Brittney James (North Texas, Jr., G)
Arnika Brown (Western Kentucky So. F)
Shay Scott (Arkansas State, So., F)
Lottie Moore (ULM, Sr., G)
Shakira Nettles (South Alabama, Jr., G)
Kylie Morrissy (Troy, Sr., G/F)
Kenzie Rich (Western Kentucky, Jr., G)