October 29, 2008

Lady Saints Picked to Finish Sixth in PBC

Augusta, GA – The North Georgia Lady Saints were picked to finish sixth in the Peach Belt Conference according to a poll released this afternoon by the league’s head coaches. USC Aiken was picked to win the conference, followed by Clayton State, Francis Marion, and Columbus State.

The Lady Saints enter the 2008-09 season with high expectations after breaking on to the scene last year with their first-ever Peach Belt Conference Tournament victory. Last season, the Lady Saints posted a mark of 11-2 at home on their way to being ranked for two straight weeks in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25.

Head Coach Buffie Burson returns for her 15th season, where she accumulating a record of 324-124. The Lady Saints return All-American Syretha Marble who looks to continue her dominance in the Peach Belt Conference.

In 2007-08, Marble led the PBC in points at 20.6 as she averaged a double double for the season. The coaching staff will rely on guards Lindsey Kitchens and Brooke Baker to lead a young group of players into the always-tough Peach Belt Conference.

The Lady Saints open the season in Mississippi with a pair of games, taking on Southern Arkansas and Delta State before returning back east for their home opener against Mars Hill.

The preseason poll is listed below. Teams were given 11 points for a first-place vote, 10 for second and so on. 

 

Rank Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Total
1. USC Aiken 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
2. Clayton State 3 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 89
3. Francis Marion 3 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 86
4. Columbus State 1 2 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 76
5. Lander 0 0 0 2 4 1 3 0 0 0 55
6. North Georgia 0 0 1 2 1 1 3 2 0 0 51
7. Augusta State 0 0 0 1 1 4 1 2 1 0 45
8. Armstrong Atlantic State 0 0 0 1 1 3 2 2 1 0 44
9. GCSU 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 3 2 0 38
10. UNC Pembroke 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0 21
11. Georgia Southwestern 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 10