BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball has been picked to finish sixth in the conference this season, trailing both Frostburg State and Salisbury in the fourth spot in the Capital Athletic Conference preseason coaches' poll.
This season the Knights will be led by Coach Adam Wardenburg, entering his first season, who will be looking to continue the upward climb of the program.
"We are excited about this season. We have had a great few weeks of practice with two scrimmages to get us prepared this season," said Wardenburg. "We still have work to do to get where we want to be, come tournament time."
Last season, Southern Virginia increased their win total by eight wins with a 12-13 record, the most wins total wins and conference wins in program history since joining the Division III ranks.
The Knights will return nearly 70% of their offense after losing two starters, Jamilla Anderson and Shelby Butler.
The Knights will return a number of key players as well as featuring some young talent. The team will be guided by sophomore phenom and CAC Rookie of the Year and All-CAC Second Team, Katie Garrish. Garrish Led the team in points per game (15), rebounds (11.2), and blocks (3.1).
Southern Virginia will also rely heavily on seniors Alexus Barnes (10 ppg) and Bryndie Ballam (6.8 ) ppg. The Knights will also rely on key contributions from Nicole Muse, Cory Stout (fourth in CAC assists), Savannah Christensen and Abby Olsen. Newcomers this season include Dawn Mead, Sophie Wright, Amanda Wood, Chiara Ballam, and Lima Mulitalo.
"With our combination of returning talent and incoming players, we know we have a championship caliber team," added Wardenburg. "We are looking forward to representing Southern Virginia this year."
The Knights open the season on the road at Salem Tuesday, Nov. 13. The team's home-opener will be Nov. 15 against Piedmont at 7:00 p.m. The Knights will play 10 games before they kickoff conference play Wednesday, Jan. 2 on the road at Penn State-Harrisburg. The first round of the CAC Tournament will begin Tuesday, Feb. 19.
1. Christopher Newport (5 first-place votes) – 46 points
2. York (Pa.) (2 first-place votes) – 43 points
3. Mary Washington (1 first-place votes) – 40 points
4T. Frostburg State – 28 points
4T. Salisbury – 28 points
6. Southern Virginia – 15 points
7T. Penn State Harrisburg – 12 points
7T. St. Mary's – 12 points