Lady Braves Picked Eighth in SWAC Preseason Poll
LORMAN, Miss. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference released its 2018-19 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Teams and Preseason Poll on Thursday, and Alcorn State University was predicted to finish eighth.
The Lady Braves did not have any Preseason All-Conference selections.
“I’d like to congratulate all of the young ladies who garnered preseason honors. We lost a lot last season so I can’t say I didn’t expect to not have any preseason all-conference selections,” said Alcorn head coach Courtney G. Pruitt, who enters her fourth season. “It’s great to know how our peers view our program, and we look forward to being the underdog this season.”
Alcorn finished sixth last year and brought back two starters and four letterwinners. Starters include junior guard Jada Hargrove and sophomore forward Jamaysha Bernard. Senior guard De’Asia Brown was a heavy contributor off the bench, and the Lady Braves also get back sophomore guard Aysha Kirkland who redshirted last season.
The Lady Braves reloaded their roster with eight newcomers including four JUCO transfers.
Alcorn opens the season at home Tuesday, Nov. 6 against Lane College at 5:30 p.m.
2018-19 SWAC Preseason Poll
1. Grambling State, 144
2. Texas Southern, 123
3. Prairie View A&M, 119
4. Southern, 118
5. Jackson State, 73
6. Alabama A&M, 66
7. Alabama State, 65
8. ALCORN, 57
9. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 39
10. Mississippi Valley State, 21
Preseason All-Conference First-Team
G, Shakyla Hill, Grambling
G, Shala Dobbins, Prairie View A&M
F, Alyric Scott, Southern
F, Jhyrah Cobb, Prairie View A&M
C, Tatyana Calhoun, Alabama State
Preseason All-Conference Second-Team
G, Jazmin Boyd, Grambling State
G, Skylar O’Bear, Southern
F, Marneisha Hamer, Jackson State
F, Ashlyn Dotson, Alabama A&M
C, Shawntayla Harris, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Preseason Player & Defensive Player of the Year
Shakyla Hill, Grambling
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