JSU Participates In OVC Basketball Media Day
The Ohio Valley Conference held its annual Basketball Media Day in Nashville at the Sheraton Music City Hotel as JSU's James Green and Rick Pietri took part in the day's events with the media from around the league. For the second year in a row, Jacksonville State was picked to finish in the upper echelon of the Ohio Valley Conference as the Gamecocks were picked fourth in the 2015-16 OVC Women's Basketball Predicted Order of Finish. The poll was announced by the OVC at its league-wide media day on Tuesday at the Music City Sheraton in Nashville, Tennessee. The poll was conducted by a vote of the OVC coaches and sports information directors. JSU collected 176 total points in the voting. Last season, Jax State was picked third in the preseason prognostications and JSU Head CoachRick Pietri's 2014-15 squad finished one spot below that mark with a 10-6 conference mark and a tie for fourth with Belmont. The 10 wins set a new standard for league wins for the JSU women's hoops program. JSU turned in its best overall mark since moving to the NCAA Division I level with a 19-10 mark. The OVC also released the Preseason All-OVC list which saw senior Destany McLin among the top returning players across the OVC. It is the second consecutive year that the Athens, Alabama native earned preseason accolades. She was a member of the preseason all-conference players a season ago and lived up to those expectations with a spot on the 2014-15 All-OVC Second Team. McLin will lead a veteran group of Gamecocks on the hardwood as she is one of three seniors and one of eight returning players from the 2014-15 campaign. She ranked second on the club in scoring and led JSU in rebounding as a junior with 12.4 points per game and seven rebounds per game. McLin recorded double digit points in 20 of the 29 games last year and collected seven double-doubles. SIU Edwardsville was selected as the league favorite for the first time since joining the OVC, but will have to fend off perennial contender, UT Martin for the league title. The Skyhawks, who claimed the regular season crown for the second consecutive season in 2014-15, but was dethroned by Tennessee State in the OVC Championship last March, was picked second behind the Cougars. SIUE picked up 10 first place votes and 226 total points. UTM collected 10 first-place votes and 213 total points. The Bruins of Belmont was listed third in the poll with 202 points, followed by the Gamecocks' 176 points. Defending OVC Champion TSU rounded out the top-five in the poll. Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois, Murray State, Tennessee Tech and Southeast Missouri conclude the poll. SIUE's Shronda Butts earned the OVC Preseason Player of the Year honor. Jax State begins the 2015-16 campaign with an exhibition contest on Sunday, Nov.8 against Miles College in the newly-renovated Pete Mathews Coliseum. Tip off is set for 4 p.m. On the men's side, JSU was picked fifth in the OVC East Division. The Bruins of Belmont were selected by the pollsters to win the conference, while Murray State was tabbed the OVC West Division favorite.
Courtesy: JSU Sports Information