November 4, 2010

Generals Sit Atop ODAC Preseason W. Hoops Poll

FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its 2010-11 preseason women's basketball poll at the annual media day held at the Salem Civic Center on Thursday afternoon.  For the first time ever, Washington and Lee was picked to win the league with six first-place votes and 115 points.

Roanoke was picked second with four first-place votes and 110 points, followed by Randolph-Macon in third with 97 points and one first-place nod.  Bridgewater (83), Eastern Mennonite (76), Virginia Wesleyan (70), Guilford (64), Lynchburg (44), Emory & Henry (30), Hollins (26) and Randolph (11).

The Generals return all five starters and nine of 11 letterwinners from last year's squad that finished with a school record 18 victories (18-10) and won the program's first ODAC title.  W&L won 16 of its final 20 games to advance to its first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament where it fell to Christopher Newport in the opening round.

Among the returnees include junior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) and junior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale), who finished 1-2 on the team in scoring last season.

Bolton averaged 15.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per game en route to claiming First Team All-ODAC, Third Team All-South Region and Honorable Mention All-America honors.  Ingram posted Second Team All-ODAC laurels and was named the MVP of the ODAC Tournament.  She tallied an average of 13.3 points, 4.2 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

Senior guard Allie Long (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hastings), senior center Felice Herman (Fairfield, Pa./Delone Catholic) and junior forward Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) also return after starting in 2009-10.  Long averaged 5.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game, while Herman contributed 8.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game and shot an ODAC-best 51.4 percent from the floor.  Pfannenstein chipped in 6.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

Washington and Lee opens its 2010-11 season by traveling to 17th-ranked Mary Washington on November 16 for a 7:00 pm contest.

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2010-11 ODAC PRESEASON WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACHES POLL
1. Washington and Lee (6), 115 pts.
2. Roanoke (4), 110 pts.
3. Randolph-Macon (1), 97 pts.
4. Bridgewater, 83 pts.
5. Eastern Mennonite, 76 pts.
6. Virginia Wesleyan, 70 pts.
7. Guilford, 64 pts.
8. Lynchburg, 44 pts.
9. Emory & Henry, 30 pts.
10. Hollins, 26 pts.
11. Randolph,. 11 pts.