WACO, TEXAS (Oct. 18, 2019) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) is the top vote-getter in the 2019-2020 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Women's Basketball Preseason Poll. The Saints received seven of nine first-place votes and will be led by 2019 RRAC Women's Basketball Tournament MVP Lena Wilson (SR/Converse, Texas) along with another all-conference standout, Kasey Saldana (SR/San Antonio, Texas), who joined the Saints 1,000 Point Club last season. Both were NAIA All-America Honorable Mention selectees last season.
OLLU surpassed LSU Alexandria (LSUA) and LSU Shreveport (LSUS), which were voted second and third and received one first-place nod each. The Saints landed on top as long-time assistant and new University of Texas Hall of Honor inductee Stacy Stephens takes over as the head coach. Christopher Minner had been the head coach for the previous seven years.
LSUA has high hopes after its best RRAC finish ever in second place last year. The Generals return two all-conference players, Kelsey Thaxton and Courtney Dawsey, and they added several newcomers, including Grambling State University transfer Kendriana Washington and Palm Beach Atlantic University transfer Jamaya Galloway.
LSUS was a finalist in the RRAC tournament last year, where the Pilots lost to OLLU. LSUS will put two RRAC first-team all-conference selections on the court with Fu'Tra Banks and Sabrina Banks. The Pilots also added several newcomers, including DeAuja Thompson, who averaged more than 17 points and 10 rebounds per game at Connors State College.
Last year, OLLU reached the NAIA national tournament semifinals - the best finish than any other OLLU team in history, while LSUA advanced to the second round.
Voting was conducted by the head coaches in the conference. The results of the poll are shown below with points calculated through a 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 format. First-place votes are shown in parentheses.
|2.||LSU Alexandria (1)||75|
|3.||LSU Shreveport (1)||74|
|5.||Paul Quinn College||54|
|8.||University of the Southwest||29|
|9.||Texas A&M University-Texarkana||25|
|10.||Jarvis Christian College||19|