WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PICKED FIFTH IN CIAA PRESEASON POLL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PICKED FIFTH IN CIAA PRESEASON POLL

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Shaw University women's basketball team has been picked to finish fifth in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Preseason Poll, the conference announced Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The Lady Bears earned (64) points for the fifth while the reigning CIAA champions of Johnson C. Smith University (102 points) was chosen as the top contender, followed by Virginia Union University (99 points) earned second and both Bowie State University (81 points) and Virginia State University (72 points) were voted third and fourth, respectively.

The predicted order of finish and preseason player awards were voted on by the CIAA and the women's basketball association. Shaw had one player on the preseason all-conference team, senior LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) who led the Lady Bears in scoring last season with an average of 19.1 points per game.

Shaw head coach Jacques Curtis returns three starters and five letter winners from a squad that finished 11-18 overall and 8-8 in league action. Curtis enters his 18th season. In addition, the Lady Bears welcome seven newcomers.

The women's basketball season begins Saturday, Nov. 11 at the conference challenge hosted by Winston-Salem State University. The Lady Bears will face Shepheard on Saturday and Pitt-Johnstown on Sunday. Game times have yet to be determined.

A complete list of the overall predicted order of finish and division order can be found below:

Women's Preseason Ranking
1. Johnson C. Smith
2. Virginia Union
3. Bowie State
4. Virginia State
5. Shaw
6. Chowan
7. Livingstone
8. Winston-Salem State
9. Fayetteville State
10. Lincoln (Pa.)
11. Elizabeth City State
12. Saint Augustine's

Southern Division
1. Johnson C. Smith
2. Shaw
3. Livingstone
4. Winston-Salem State
5. Fayetteville State
6. Saint Augustine's

For the most up-to-date information on Shaw women's basketball and its 13 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.