Women's Basketball Selected First In OVC Preseason Poll
Oct. 10, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Southeast Missouri State women's basketball was selected to win the 2007-08 Ohio Valley Conference championship according to annual OVC preseason poll which was released earlier today during the conference's media day, held at LP Field in downtown Nashville.
The Redhawks tallied 199 points and were a near unanimous selection as they received 19 first-place votes in the poll that was comprised of the conference's 11 head coaches and sports information directors.
"I feel it's a great honor for the university and our student-athletes that participate in women's basketball at Southeast Missouri State, second-year head coach John Ishee said. "It's nice to be respected by the other coaches and media people around the Ohio Valley Conference, but it means nothing when it comes to winning and losing games or championships as those are won on the court."
Samford was picked second with 161 points and two first-place votes, while Murray State was selected third with 155 points. Eastern Illinois (one first-place vote) slipped past Tennessee Tech for fourth place via a 119-118 margin.
Tennessee-Martin scored 114 points to finish sixth, Eastern Kentucky was seventh with 105 points and Morehead State finished eighth with 100 points. Rounding out the poll was Austin Peay (ninth - 69 points), Tennessee State (10th - 48 points) and Jacksonville State (11th - 22 points).
Senior forward/center Missy Whitney (Charleston, Mo./Three Rivers CC) garnered Preseason OVC Player of the Year honors after averaging 13.2 points and 7.8 rebounds a game last season for Southeast en route to earning Second Team All-OVC and OVC All-Newcomer accolades.
Whitney was joined on the Preseason All-OVC team by junior guard/forward Sonya Daugherty (St. Louis, Mo./Hancock), who led the Redhawks in scoring at 14.2 points per contest to rank seventh in the OVC and was named the OVC Tournament MVP last season.
Ishee welcomes back eight letterwinners and four starters from a 2006-07 squad that posted a 24-8 mark, the best Division I mark in school history, and a 16-4 conference ledger. Also returning for this season are senior guard Ashley Lovelady (Elkhart, Ind./Moberly Area CC), junior guard Tarina Nixon (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland) and junior forward Rachel Blunt (Dexter, Mo./Dexter).
Southeast opens preseason practice on Friday night with a start time of 7 p.m., with three week to prepare for its exhibition opener Nov. 1 versus Auburn-Montgomery at the Show Me Center with tip-off at 5 p.m. The Redhawks kick off their 2007-08 season by welcoming Tulsa to the SMC on Nov. 10 starting at 7 p.m.
2007-08 Ohio Valley Conference Women's Basketball Predicted Order of Finish (Selected by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors)