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    Ladyjacks Picked to Repeat as Southland Conference Champions

    Oct. 12, 2001

    Plano, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack basketball team was picked to win the Southland Conference in a poll released by the league Friday.

    SFA received seven first-place votes and 96 points from the league's coaches outdistancing themselves from Northwestern State who received two first-place votes and 86 points for second place.

    Among the league's sports information director's, SFA received nine first-place votes and tallied 117 points for the top spot. Northwestern State received two first-place votes and garnered 102 points for second-place in the poll.

    "It's exciting that the expectations for this team are still there," said first-year head coach Lee Ann Riley. "We are a new staff and we know that SFA is a special place with a strong tradition of winning. I don't put a lot of stock in preseason polls, we have yet to coach these kids in a game but we're excited for the upcoming season. We'll just have to play the games and see who's on top come the end of the season."

    SFA will tipoff the 2001-02 season Friday Nov. 9, at Florida International, in the first round of the Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., from Golden Panther Arena.

    2001-02 Southland Conference Preseason Polls
    Coaches' Poll	Sports Information Directors' Poll
    1. Stephen F. Austin (7)	96	1. Stephen F. Austin (9)	117
    2. Northwestern State (2)	86	2. Northwestern State (2)	102
    3. Texas-San Antonio (1)	82	3. Texas-San Antonio		97
    4. Louisiana-Monroe		71	4. Louisiana-Monroe		90
    5. Lamar (1)			65	5. Lamar			70
    6. Southwest Texas		50	6. Southeastern Louisiana	61
    7. Southeastern Louisiana	48	7. Southwest Texas		58
    8. Texas-Arlington		42	8. Texas-Arlington		40
    9. Sam Houston State		31	9. Sam Houston State		38
    10. Nicholls State		19	10. Nicholls State		30
    11. McNeese State		15	11. McNeese State		23