The LeTourneau University women’s basketball team, coming off the 2007-2008 season with an
overall record of 6-19 and a conference record of 4-16, was picked to finish sixth this upcoming
season in the East Division of the American Southwest Conference, according to the annual poll of
the league’s coaches, sports information directors and media that was released by the ASC on
Howard Payne University and UT-Tyler have been predicted to retain their east and west
division titles, receiving 16 and 14 first place votes, respectively.
In the east division, both Louisiana College and Mississippi College had 3 first place
votes. However, Louisiana College received a total of 111 points in comparison to Mississippi
College’s 109 to steal a second place prediction. UT-Dallas rounded out the top four spots in
the east with 97 total points and one first place vote. East Texas Baptist University was
picked to finish fifth, and University of the Ozarks was picked seventh. “I am excited about
the way we finished last year as we open up the new season,” said head coach Corey Thomaston. “
Nothing is given to anyone that is not earned and I am looking forward to our team earning a
higher seed by the end of the season when the polls determine who makes the ASC Tourney.”
On the other side of the conference, Hardin-Simmons University was picked to finish second in
the West, totaling 167 points and acquiring seven first place votes. Coming in at number three with
140 points and the last top vote was McMurry University; followed by the University of Mary
Hardin-Baylor obtaining 129 points to close out the west’s tournament bracket. Concordia
University Texas was concluded to finish fifth, followed by Schreiner University, Sul Ross State
University and Texas Lutheran University.
The women’s basketball team will start its season Friday, Nov. 15
th when it hosts the University of Dallas at 3 p.m. in Solheim Arena.