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GLVC Preseason Poll


For Immediate Release
Oct. 10, 2006


INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Drury University and Northern Kentucky University are the preseason favorites to claim the 2006-07 Great Lakes Valley Conference Women's Basketball West and East Divisions, respectively. Both teams are defending division champions and are coming off a GLVC Championship showdown last season.

Drury (30-3 Overall, 19-0 GLVC) received 35 total points in the 2006-07 Preseason Coaches Poll and garnered five first-place votes. The Lady Panthers edged Quincy University (20-10, 13-6) as the favorite in the west division. The Lady Hawks collected 29 total points and one first-place vote.

The final first-place vote in the west division went to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (13-14, 7-12). The Cougars received 23 total points. University of Missouri-Rolla (19 points), University of Southern Indiana (16), University of Missouri-St. Louis (15) and Rockhurst University (6) round out the west division poll.

Defending GLVC Champion Northern Kentucky (27-5, 16-3) received 36 total points as the favorite to repeat as east division champion. The Norse collected six first-place votes. Bellarmine University (14-14, 10-9) finished second in the poll with 31 points and one first-place vote. Lewis Univeristy (19-11, 14-5) was selected to finish third in the east division with 26 total points.

Kentucky Wesleyan College (20 points), University of Indianapolis (17), Saint Joseph's College (10) and University of Wisconsin-Parkside (7) round out the east division poll.

Drury, led by head coach Nyla Milleson, graduated five key seniors from last season's 30-3 club including three-time all-American Amanda Newton. The Lady Panthers advanced to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional title game last season before falling to Grand Valley State. Drury will be paced this season by junior guard Molly Carter (Springfield, Mo./Kickapoo) who is the team's top returning scorer (10.8).

Northern Kentucky head coach Nancy Winstel returns five starters from last season's team that captured the GLVC Championship with an 86-73 win over Drury. The Norse fell to Grand Valley State in the Great Lakes Regional semifinal and finished the year with a 27-5 mark. They will be led this season by returning honorable mention all-American Karmen Graham (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont). The senior post player averaged 14.3 points per game last season.

The GLVC Preseason Coaches Poll is voted on by the league's 14 head coaches. Each coach selects their predicted order of finish in their division and is not allowed to vote for their own team. The 2006-07 season begins on Nov. 15. The conference-portion of the schedule is set to start on Nov. 30. The GLVC Championship, featuring the league's top eight teams, will be hosted at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Ind. on March 2-4.

The complete 2006-07 GLVC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll follows:

West Division
Team (First-place votes) Total Points
Drury (5) 35
Quincy (1) 29
SIU Edwardsville (1) 23
Southern Indiana 16
Missouri-St. Louis 15
Rockhurst 6

East Division
Team (First-place votes) Total Points
Northern Kentucky (6) 36
Bellarmine (1) 31
Lewis 26
Kentucky Wesleyan 20
Indianapolis 17
Saint Joseph's 10
UW-Parkside 7

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