Women's Basketball Picked to Finish 8th
Oct. 17, 2005
Memphis, Tenn. - After graduating five players from its 2004-05 roster, the Lady Tiger basketball team was picked to finish eighth in the Conference USA pre-season coaches poll released, Monday. League newcomer Rice was picked to win the C-USA title with seven first place votes, while Houston was picked to finish second with five votes. Both were NCAA tournament teams last year.
SMU, host of the 2005-06 Conference USA Championships, was picked to finish third, while Marshall and Tulsa rounded out the top five. UCF was selected to finish sixth while Southern Miss was picked to finish seventh. Tulane, UAB, UTEP and East Carolina rounded out spots nine through 12.
"There's a lot of parity in our league now as is evident by five of the top six picks being new members of Conference USA," Head Coach Blair Savage said. "It will be exciting to see how this season plays out."
Rice's Lauren Neaves was picked as the pre-season player of the year, while Memphis senior Tamika Butler and junior Devin Necaise were named as players to watch. Butler is the lone returning starter to the 2005-06 roster, after averaging 6.9 points per game last year and leading the team with 83 assists. Butler currently ranks fourth in Memphis history with 87 career three-point field goals and 278 three-point field goal attempts.