FRISCO, Texas - Tammara Marion
was named to the all-Southland Conference preseason second team on Wednesday while the defending co-champion Ladyjacks were selected to finish third in the SLC West according to the preseason polls of league coaches and sports information directors.
Marion averaged 12.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game one year ago and led the league in three-point percentage, hitting 39.3 percent of her shots from beyond the arc on her way to being named to the all-conference third team. She buried 59 three-point shots last season, which were the second most ever for a Ladyjack and even reached double-digit scoring for SFA 16 times on the season.
"I'm encouraged by the fact that Tammara was selected where she was," SFA head coach Brandon Schneider said. "It know it is a well-deserved honor, but at the same time with our coaching staff being new the league, it is very nice to see that we have that caliber of a player as a part of our program. She has already really asserted herself in practice primary leaders of our team."
Along with Marion, SFA returns 10 other letterwinners from last year's team that went 18-11 and earned a trip to the WNIT after sharing the league's regular season title with Lamar. With four of five starters back, the Ladyjacks earned three first-place votes in the coaches' poll and two more in the SID poll; however, each poll has both UTSA and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the top two spots in the league's West Division.
On the East Division side, defending champion Lamar was picked atop the listings with 10 first place votes in the coaches' poll and eight in the SID poll. Central Arkansas was the only other East Division team to garner first-place consideration in either poll.
"I don't know that preseason polls have ever meant a ton to me, but it is a testament to how tough and congested our league could be with four teams out of six receiving votes," Schneider said. "We know Corpus Christi had an outstanding season last year and UTSA and UT-Arlington are always at or near the top of the league, but at the end of the day these polls do not mean a whole lot. As a team our focus is on getting better every day and hopefully that translates to the court and gives us a chance to be at the top at the end of the year, which is our goal."
The Ladyjacks open up the 2010-11 season on November 12 at North Texas and is scheduled to begin home play on November 20 against Tulane.