SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) announced its Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll on Thursday morning at the league’s annual media day held at the Salem Civic Center. Washington and Lee was picked to finish sixth out of the conference’s 11 programs.
Roanoke College topped the poll with 120 points and 10 first-place votes. Randolph-Macon, the 2009 ODAC Champion, was picked second with 109 points and one first-place vote. Eastern Mennonite (82) was third and was followed by Bridgewater (81), Virginia Wesleyan (81), W&L (79), Guilford (53), Emory & Henry (44), Lynchburg (40), Randolph (24) and Hollins (13).
Washington and Lee finished the 2009 campaign with a 14-12 overall record and a 13-5 mark in the conference. The Generals won nine of their final 13 games in setting a program record for conference wins in a season and earning their highest-ever seed (No. 5) for the ODAC Tournament.
Among the returnees for W&L are the top three scorer’s from a year ago, sophomores Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) and Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) and junior Felice Herman (Fairfield, Pa./Delone Catholic).
A guard, Ingram started all 26 games and earned Second Team All-ODAC honors in addition to being named the ODAC, Virginia College Division and South Region Rookie of the Year (D3Hoops.com). She finished second in the ODAC in scoring with an average of 15.5 points per game and tied for 11th-nationally in three-point field goals made per game (2.9). Ingram’s 75 triples were a school record and she also notched averages of 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
Bolton was an Honorable Mention All-ODAC selection after starting 24 contests at forward and posting averages of 12.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game. She also played her best ball at the end of the season, including a 20-point, 15-rebound, 8-steal, 6-assist game against Bridgewater in the regular season finale.
Herman started all 26 games at center and led the ODAC in field goal percentage, shooting 55.7 percent (122-219) from the floor. She averaged 10.2 points and 7.1 rebounds in just 22.1 minutes per contest.
The Generals kick off their 2009-10 season on November 17 as they host Mary Washington for a 7:00 pm contest.
2009-10 ODAC Women’s Basketball
(#) Denotes First Place Votes
1. Roanoke (10) 120 pts.
2. Randolph-Macon (1) 109 pts.
3. Eastern Mennonite 82 pts.
4. Bridgewater 81 pts.
4. Virginia Wesleyan 81 pts.
6. Washington and Lee 79 pts.
7. Guilford 53 pts.
8. Emory & Henry 44 pts.
9. Lynchburg 40 pts.
10. Randolph 24 pts.
11. Hollins 17 pts.
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