GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College’s women’s basketball team was picked second and received one first-place vote in the 2011-12 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll Thursday. The rankings were announced at the league’s annual women’s basketball media day in Salem, Va.
Defending conference champion Randolph-Macon College received nine first-place votes and was picked to repeat as champions. Bridgewater College and Washington and Lee University share third place, with Washington and Lee receiving the remaining first-place vote.
Guilford enters its 39th season looking to build on its best finish since 2004. The Quakers ended the 2010-11 season with a 15-12 record and reached the ODAC Tournament semifinals. Ninth-year head coach Stephanie Flamini returns nine letter-winners from a season ago, including four starters. The Quakers are led by senior Jazlyn Gibbs (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford (USC-Aiken)), who paced the Quakers with 14.8 points per game a season ago en route to Second Team All-ODAC honors. Guilford also returns what should be one of the ODAC’s top frontcourts in sophomores Gabby Oglesby (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) and Morgan King (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover). The pair enjoyed great success a year ago and both ranked among the top-15 ODAC leaders in scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage and blocked shots. Other notable returners include junior point guard Brittany Atwater (Durham, N.C./Ravenscroft) and sophomore guard Kayla Adams (Rural Hall, N.C./North Forsyth).
Guilford opens the season Nov. 16 at nationally ranked crosstown-rival Greensboro College at 5:00 p.m. The Quakers open league play Nov. 22 at Washington and Lee and play their first home game Nov. 30 versus Salem College.
2011-12 ODAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREASON POLL (#) Denotes First Place Votes 1. Randolph-Macon (9) 99 pts. 2. Guilford (1) 79 pts. 3. Bridgewater 72 pts. 3. Washington and Lee (1) 72 pts. 5. Eastern Mennonite 70 pts. 6. Roanoke 66 pts. 7. Virginia Wesleyan 49 pts. 8. Lynchburg 41 pts. 9. Hollins 26 pts. 10. Emory & Henry 16 pts. 11. Randolph 15 pts.