For Immediate Release Nov. 1, 2012
Contact: Steve Ruthsatz, SID
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM TIPS OFF 2012-13 SEASON THIS WEEKEND
MARIETTA, Ga. – The Southern Polytechnic State University women’s basketball team tips off its 2012-13 season this weekend with a pair of games. Southern Polytechnic is on the road for an exhibition contest with NCAA Division I Kennesaw State University this Friday at 6 p.m. before hosting its regular-season opener, a non-conference game with Bryan College, on Saturday at 2 p.m. inside the Hornets Nest.
“I love this group of ladies and I’m excited,” Southern Poly third-year head coach Laquanda Dawkins said. “I think this group can do something special because of their work ethic and their attitudes – they want to get better. This could be the best group we’ve had since I’ve been here.
“We added depth and size to this year’s team. We have shooters, scorers and defenders and we will be active and aggressive. It’s going to be really exciting.”
The Hornets have just one player returning from last season’s squad that finished 6-24 overall, including 4-15 in the Southern States Athletic Conference. In 2010-11, Dawkins’ first year at the helm, SPSU went 29-5 overall and 14-2 in conference play, tying for the SSAC regular-season championship and concluding the campaign with a No. 17 national ranking in NAIA Division I. Southern Poly qualified for the NAIA Division I national tournament after winning the 2011 SSAC Tournament title.
Kennesaw State, under first-year head coach Nitra Perry, returns nine letter winners and four starters from its 2011-12 squad that ended14-17 overall and 8-10 in the Atlantic Sun Conference, tying for fifth place. This season, the Owls are picked to finish third by the media and sixth by the head coaches in the A-Sun’s preseason polls.
Bryan, located in Dayton, Tenn., is affiliated with NAIA Division II and the Appalachian Athletic Conference. The Lady Lions, with second-year head coach Jason Smith at the helm, are off to a 1-0 start to their 2012-13 campaign and host a non-conference game with SSAC member Truett-McConnell College on Thursday. In the AAC preseason coaches’ poll, Bryan is ranked seventh. Last season, the Lady Lions finished 14-16 overall and 5-13 in conference play for eighth place.
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