Southern Conference Releases Women's Basketball Poll; Trantham Tabbed Preseason All-SoCon Selection
Lauren Trantham
Lauren Trantham

Monday, October 07, 2002

North Charleston, S.C. (October 7, 2002) - East Tennessee State's women's basketball team was picked to finish ninth in the Southern Conference Coaches Preseason Poll and ninth in the SoCon Media Poll for the upcoming 2002-03 season. Voters in both polls picked Chattanooga to win its unprecedented fourth consecutive SoCon Championship, while UNC Greensboro was a consensus pick to place second in the league at this weekend's annual "Tip-Off" meetings. Last season the Buccaneers' record was 10-18 overall and 5-13 in conference play. Head coach Karen Kemp led the team to big wins over in-state rivals Chattanooga and Tennessee Tech en route to recording her 100th career victory at ETSU. This season the Lady Bucs have high expectations with the return of two starters and nine letterwinners, including preseason All-Southern Conference selection Lauren Trantham (Asheville, N.C.) and senior forward Misty Copas (Kingsport, Tenn). Trantham, a junior, led the Lady Bucs in scoring (10.5 ppg), rebounding (8.5 rpg) and blocked shots (1.0) during the 2001-02 season. Trantham finished the season ranked second in the SoCon in rebounding and third in shooting percentage (.520) behind Copas, who led the league with a .669 percentage, setting an ETSU single-season record in the process. The Buccaneers begin practice on Oct. 12 and will open their 2002-03 schedule on the road versus Tennessee Tech on Nov. 22. East Tennessee State's first home game is Dec. 5 in Memorial Center when the Lady Bucs will host Tusculum College. For more information regarding Lady Buc Basketball please visit www.ETSUBucs.com. To order individual game or season tickets you can call the ETSU ticket office at (423) 439-5371. Women's SoCon Coaches Poll 1. Chattanooga, 71 2. UNC Greensboro, 66 3. Furman, 49 3. Georgia Southern, 49 5. Western Carolina, 48 6. College of Charleston, 32 6. Davidson, 32 8. Appalachian State, 31 9. East Tennessee State, 17 10. Wofford, 10 Women's SoCon Media Poll 1. Chattanooga (16), 214 2. UNC Greensboro (6), 197 3. Furman, 164 3. Georgia Southern, 164 5. Western Carolina, 131 6. College of Charleston, 109 7. Davidson, 85 8. Appalachian State, 61 9. East Tennessee State, 53 10. Wofford, 32 Women's Preseason All-SoCon Team Wilma Simpson, Coll. of Charleston Meghan Bryant, Davidson Lauren Trantham, ETSU Kim Lawrence, Furman Deshara Shearley, Furman Orion Wake, Furman Tiffany Lanier, Georgia Southern Jadcinda Lambert, UNC Greensboro Tiffany Hamm, Western Carolina
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