FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2011-12 women's basketball preseason coaches poll on Thursday morning at the conference's media day held at the Salem Civic Center. Washington and Lee was picked to finish in a tie for third in the conference standings.
Randolph-Macon sits atop the poll with nine first-place votes and 99 points, followed by Guilford in second place with one first-place and 79 points. W&L and Bridgewater both tied for third with 72 points, with the Generals picking up the one remaining first-place vote. Eastern Mennonite (70), Roanoke (66), Virginia Wesleyan (49), Lynchburg (41), Hollins (26), Emory & Henry (16) and Randolph (15) rounded out the poll.
Washington and Lee returns four starters and seven letterwinners from last season's team that set a school record for victories in finishing 19-8 overall and 14-6 in league play.
Among the top returning players for W&L are senior all-conference selections Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) and Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central), along with senior guard Kari Ann Pfannenstein (Littleton, Colo./Heritage).
Ingram earned First Team All-ODAC laurels last season after averaging 15.0 points, a league-best 5.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. A starter for all 81 games over her first three seasons, Ingram has totaled 1,178 points (6th all-time at W&L) and is third all-time with 343 assists. She has also drilled a school-record 194 three-pointers.
A First Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-America selection as a sophomore, Bolton averaged 14.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game in earning Second Team All-ODAC honors last season. For her career, Bolton has scored 1,042 points (9th all-time at W&L) and grabbed 653 rebounds (T5th all-time) in 74 games played (64 starts).
Pfannenstein has started all 55 games over the last two seasons and has played in all 81 games across her first three years with the team. Last season, she averaged 8.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and, for her career, she has totaled 547 points and 233 rebounds. Her 110 career three-pointers rank fourth all-time at W&L.
The 2011-12 season will get underway on November 15, as W&L hosts Mary Washington for a 7:00 pm contest.