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CU women to lean on veteran leadership

Coming off a season where it narrowly missed the postseason, the Cameron University women’s basketball team is looking to prove it can compete in the expanded Lone Star Conference after being picked 14th in the league’s preseason poll.

Cameron finished in 10th place in the final standings last season, finishing a game back of the eighth-place team and a spot in the conference tournament. In the 2019-20 LSC Preseason Poll, CU received 284 votes and was picked to finish 14th in the 18-team conference.

Reigning NCAA Division II National Champion Lubbock Christian was voted first with 33 first place votes and 813 total points. The Lady Chaps enter the year No. 1 in the Division 2 SIDA Preseason Top 25 Poll. They were followed by the defending LSC champion No. 17 West Texas A&M, who collected 12 first place votes in the preseason rankings.

Rounding out the top 5 in the preseason poll were Angelo State, who had one of the remaining two first place votes, Texas A&M-Commerce and Tarleton. Eastern New Mexico was picked sixth, making five straight returning conference members, while St. Mary’s, Midwestern State, St. Edward’s and Texas Woman’s made up the rest of the top 10.

Arkansas-Fort Smith was the only team to receive a first place vote outside of the top 3, being picked 11th in the poll, with Oklahoma Christian and Texas A&M-Kingsville coming in just a few points ahead of Cameron. Western New Mexico was voted to finish behind CU, while UT Permian Basin, UT Tyler, and Texas A&M International filled out the bottom of the poll.

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