Lady Railsplitters picked 6th in SAC

October 31, 2013

ROCK HILL, S.C. — The Lady Railsplitters were picked to finish sixth in the South Atlantic Conference, while seniors MaRanda Boddie and Kalasia Green were named to the Preseason All-SAC second team, the league announced on Thursday.

Lincoln Memorial University finished seventh in the conference in 2012-13 after compiling a 7-11 league mark with a 14-15 overall record. Head coaches throughout the league tabbed the Lady Railsplitters to jump one spot higher in 2013-14 as LMU collected 58 points for sixth place in the SAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

There was a cluster at the top of the poll, but Newberry accumulated 114 points with five first place votes to finish atop the poll. Lenoir-Rhyne netted 112 points and four first place to take second, while Wingate (96;2) and Catawba (93;1) also received first place votes and were ranked third and fourth, respectively.

The Lady Railsplitters were represented on the All-SAC second team by Boddie and Green.

In her second season with the Lady Railsplitters in 2012-13, Boddie, a 6-1 forward, averaged 9.3 points a night while raking in a team-leading eight rebounds a game, which ranked sixth in the conference. She tallied double-digit points in 13 of her 29 appearances including a 22-point outburst against Milligan. The Springfield, Ill., native corralled at least 10 rebounds in 10 contests.

Along with her work on the offensive end and on the boards, Boddie was the best rim protector in the league as she led the SAC with 65 blocks (2.2 per game). The 65 blocks also shattered the previous school record (59) for a single season. Despite only playing two seasons with the Lady Railsplitters, Boddie ranks fourth all-time in school history with 107 career blocks. She enters the 2013-14 season trailing Hillary Ross by only 34 for the career lead.

Green, a 5-6 senior guard, earned the nod for the Preseason All-SAC second team after a stellar debut for the Lady Railsplitters in 2012-13. Green led LMU with 11.2 points per night, ranking 17th in the conference. In only 23 appearances last season, she recorded double-figures 17 times highlighted by a season-high 20 points against Tusculum. After a relatively slow start to the season, Green churned out double-digit points in 11 of the last 12 games on the schedule.

Green accumulated that point total while shooting 41.6 percent from the field and draining 24 three-point attempts. The Laveen, Ariz., product added 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. She finished second on the team with 38 steals.

The Lady Railsplitters are scheduled to get the 2013-14 campaign underway on Nov. 10 at Winston-Salem State. Conference play begins on Nov. 20 as LMU travels to Mars Hill to take on the Lions.

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2013-14 SAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1. Newberry - 114 (5)

2. Lenoir-Rhyne - 112 (4)

3. Wingate - 96 (2)

4. Catawba - 93 (1)

5. Carson-Newman - 74

6. Lincoln Memorial - 58

7. Tusculum - 50

8. Anderson - 48

9. Coker - 47

10. Queens - 41

11. Brevard - 30

12. Mars Hill - 29

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SAC Preseason All-Conference

First Team

Haylee Lepaio, NEW

Samantha Creed, NEW

Jazmine Charles, L-R

Chloe Bully, CAT

Antionette McPhail, CAT

Chantal Dunbar, WU

Second Team

Janitsha Williams, WU

Tuccoa Brackett, BC

Shonice Pettaway, Queens

Tatum Burstrom, C-N

MaRanda Boddie, LMU

Kalasia Green, LMU*

Ansley Ricker, MHU*

* Tied for the final second-team selection