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AUGUSTA, GA. – The North Georgia women's basketball team has been picked to finish eighth in the Peach Belt Conference according to a poll of the league's head coaches released on Friday afternoon.
Defending Peach Belt Conference Champion and Division II National Champion Clayton State sits atop the poll, earning 11 of the 12 first-place votes, while Lander finished second 30 points off the pace.
USC Aiken is third in the poll with Columbus State, Francis Marion and UNC Pembroke behind them. Georgia College sits in seventh followed by North Georgia, Georgia Southwestern, Armstrong Atlantic, Montevallo, Augusta State and Flagler round out the preseason poll. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their team.
The Lady Saints were picked to finish eighth for the second consecutive season, receiving one fourth place vote, three fifth place nods, two sixth place votes, one seventh place vote, three eighth place votes and one ninth place vote.
With the league broken down into East and West divisions for the third straight year, North Georgia find themselves ranked third in the West behind Clayton State and Columbus State.
The Lady Saints are coming off a 15-13 campaign that saw them go 6-11 in conference play. North Georgia returns two starters including second leading scorer and All-Conference player Lindsey Moss.
Buffie Burson returns for her 18th season at the helm of the North Georgia women's basketball team, bringing with her over 350 wins and a winning percentage over .675.
The 2011-12 North Georgia women's basketball season begins on Nov. 11, while Peach Belt Conference play tips off on Dec. 14 as the Lady Saints host Georgia College and continues through to the 2012 Peach Belt Conference tournament in March.
The 2011-12 preseason poll is listed below. Teams were given 12 points for a first-place vote, 11 for a second and so on. Coaches were not permitted to rank their own teams.
|1. Clayton State||11||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||143|
|3. USC Aiken||0||5||6||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||124|
|4. Columbus State||0||0||5||6||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||112|
|5. Francis Marion||0||0||0||2||4||3||2||0||0||1||0||0||86|
|6. UNC Pembroke||0||0||0||0||3||2||5||1||0||1||0||0||76|
|7. Georgia College||0||0||0||2||1||3||0||4||2||0||0||0||75|
|8. North Georgia||0||0||0||1||3||2||1||3||1||0||0||1||73|
|9. Georgia Southwestern||0||0||0||0||1||1||2||3||2||1||2||0||57|
|10. Armstrong Atlantic State||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||1||4||3||2||0||48|
|12. Augusta State||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||1||4||4||1||37|