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GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s basketball has been picked to finish in fifth place in the Preseason Southern Conference Coaches Poll and in sixth in the media poll, the league has announced. Additionally, the Spartans have two Preseason All-SoCon Team selections in seniors Nadine Soliman and Te’ja Twitty. 

In the coaches poll, the Spartans earned a total of 23 votes. Furman, who earned six of eight first-place votes, is the favorite to win the conference. The Paladins collected 48 total votes followed by Wofford (39), Mercer (38), ETSU (31) and then UNCG. 

In the media poll, UNCG earned the sixth-most total votes with 46. Mercer was picked to win the league by media with 99 total votes, followed by Furman (90), Chattanooga (85), ETSU (78), Wofford (58) and then UNCG. 

Soliman checks in on the Preseason All-SoCon Team after being named a first-team selection in the conference last season. Entering her senior campaign, the Cairo, Egypt, native is within striking distance of becoming the first player in program history with 2,000 career points. Last year, she led the conference in points per game (19.1). 

Twitty also earned Preseason All-SoCon Team honors after being picked as a second-team selection last year. She currently ranks third in program history in career double-doubles (19) and seventh in total rebounds (688). 

UNCG will open the 2019-20 season with a home contest against Richmond on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in Fleming Gymnasium. 

2019-20 Preseason Southern Conference Coaches Poll

Team (1st-place votes)                       Total

1. Furman (6)                                         48

2. Wofford (1)                                         39

3. Mercer (1)                                          38

4. ETSU                                                 31

5. UNCG                                                23

6. Chattanooga                                      21

7. Samford                                             17

8. Western Carolina                                 7

2019-20 Preseason Player of the Year

Chloe Wanink, R-Sr., G, Wofford

2019-20 Preseason All-Southern Conference Team

Erica Haynes-Overton, Jr., G, ETSU

Le’Jzae Davidson, Sr., G, Furman

Celena Taborn, Jr., C, Furman

Shannon Titus, Jr., G/F, Mercer

Nadine Soliman, Sr., G, UNCG

Te’Ja Twitty, Sr., G/F, UNCG

Lakelyn Bouldin, Sr., G, Chattanooga

Eboni Williams, So., F, Chattanooga

Da’Ja Green, Jr., G, Wofford

Chloe Wanink, R-Sr., G, Wofford

2019-20 Preseason Southern Conference Media Poll

Team (1st-place votes)                       Total

1. Mercer (8)                                           99

2. Furman (5)                                          90

3. Chattanooga (1)                                 85

4. ETSU                                                  78

5. Wofford                                               58

6. UNCG                                                 46

7. Samford                                              29

8. Western Carolina                                 19

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