Lady Toppers picked to finish 3rd in East; Owens on second team

The Sun Belt Conference released its women’s basketball preseason all-conference teams and poll Tuesday morning, in conjunction with the Sun Belt basketball media days.

Western Kentucky was picked to finish third in the Sun Belt’s East division, and senior forward LaTeira Owens was the Lady Toppers’ only representative on the all-conference teams, a second-team selection.

Denver’s Kaetlyn Murdoch and Middle Tennessee’s Ebony Rowe were selected as preseason co-players of the year.

The all-conference teams:

First Team
Name School Year Pos.
*Kaetlyn Murdoch Denver Sr. F
*Ebony Rowe Middle Tennessee So. F
Mercedes Johnson Louisiana-Lafayette Sr. F
Shania Hurst Arkansas State Sr. G
Jerica Coley FIU So. G
Second Team
Name School Year Pos.
Jasmine Godbolt North Texas Jr. F
Marian Kursh UALR Sr. C
Icelyn Elie Middle Tennessee Jr. F
Larrie Williams Louisiana-Monroe Sr. C
LaTeira Owens WKU Sr. F
Third Team
Name School Year Pos.
DeAngela Sword Troy Sr. G
Finda Mansare FIU Jr. F
Sarda Peterson South Alabama Sr. G
Emiko Smith Denver Jr. G
Breana Turner Florida Atlantic Sr. G
* – Denotes Preseason Co-Players of the Year


And the preseason poll, as selected by the league’s 12 head coaches.

1. Denver (6) – 62
2. Arkansas State (1) – 56
3. UALR (3) – 53
4. Louisiana-Monroe – 29
5. North Texas (1) – 28
6. Louisiana-Lafayette (1) – 24

1. Middle Tennessee (9) – 68
2. FIU (1) – 58
3. WKU (1) – 48
4. South Alabama – 38
5. Florida Atlantic (1) – 23
6. Troy – 17

Note that WKU received one first-place vote in the East division. All of the Sun Belt women’s basketball coaches are scheduled to speak throughout the morning via web conference, including WKU coach Mary Taylor Cowles at 10:50 a.m.

I’ll have more this afternoon from around the league.


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