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ASU picked 2nd in SBC West, NeNe Hurst picked First Team Preseason All-Conference

From the Sun Belt Conference

Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball took center stage in New Orleans, Louisiana Tuesday as the Sun Belt Conference hosted Basketball Media Days.

2011-12 SBC Women's Basketball Preseason Predicted Order of Finish

(as selected by the League's 12 Head Coaches)

WEST DIVISION

1. Denver (6) - 62

2. Arkansas State (1) - 56

3. UALR (3) - 53

4. Louisiana-Monroe - 29

5. North Texas (1) - 28

6. Louisiana-Lafayette (1) - 24

EAST DIVISION

1. Middle Tennessee (9) - 68

2. FIU (1) - 58

3. WKU (1) - 48

4. South Alabama - 38

5. Florida Atlantic (1) - 23

6. Troy - 17

 

2011-12 SBC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference

(as selected by the League's 12 Head Coaches)

 

First Team

Name School Year Pos.

*Kaetlyn Murdoch Denver Sr. F

*Ebony Rowe Middle Tennessee So. F

Mercedes Johnson Louisiana-Lafayette Sr. F

Shania Hurst Arkansas State Sr. G

Jerica Coley FIU So. G

 

 

Second Team

Name School Year Pos.

Jasmine Godbolt North Texas Jr. F

Marian Kursh UALR Sr. C

Icelyn Elie Middle Tennessee Jr. F

Larrie Williams Louisiana-Monroe Sr. C

LaTeira Owens WKU Sr. F

 

 

Third Team

Name School Year Pos.

DeAngela Sword Troy Sr. G

Finda Mansare FIU Jr. F

Sarda Peterson South Alabama Sr. G

Emiko Smith Denver Jr. G

Breana Turner Florida Atlantic Sr. G

 

* - Denotes Preseason Co-Players of the Year

Sun Belt fans will once again be able to catch conference men's and women's basketball action this season through the Sun Belt regional syndication package known as the Sun Belt Network. A record number of games will be broadcast this season and will be available in millions of homes in the Southeast.

For the 2011-12 season, the Sun Belt Network will have a record 28 basketball contests with men's and women's hoops both airing 14 games for the upcoming season. This includes, for the first time ever, a select number of men's and women's quarterfinal games from Hot Springs, Ark. during the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. Additionally, all semifinal contests will be aired by the Sun Belt Network.

The Sun Belt Conference teamed up with regional sport network partners Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) and Cox Sports Television (CST) in the summer of 2009 to form the Sun Belt Network for regional conference television broadcasts.

Compared to the previous regional television deals, the Sun Belt Network saw a 37% increase in men's basketball broadcasts and a 40% increase in women's basketball broadcasts in just the first year.

In addition to the 28 games being broadcast by the Sun Belt Network, the ESPN Family of Networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN3.com) will air five SBC games this season.

12/11/2011 FIU at Western Kentucky 2 p.m. CT

12/31/2011 USA at Middle Tennessee 12 p.m. CT

1/7/2012 Denver at USA 1 p.m. CT

1/15/2012 North Texas at ULM 2 p.m. CT

1/21/2012 Florida Atlantic at FIU * 1 p.m. CT

1/28/2012 Arkansas State at North Texas $ 4 p.m. CT

1/29/2012 Troy at USA 3 p.m. CT

2/12/2012 UALR at MTSU 3 p.m. CT

2/18/2012 ULL at North Texas 1 p.m. CT

2/26/2012 Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky 1 p.m. CT

3/4/2012 Women's Quarterfinal Game% 12 p.m. CT

3/4/2012 Women's Quarterfinal Game% 2:30 p.m. CT

3/5/2010 Women's Semifinal #1 12 p.m. CT

3/5/2010 Women's Semifinal #2 2:30 p.m. CT

3/6/2012 Women's SBC Championship (ESPNU) 1 p.m. CT

* - Will be tape delayed on CSS.

$ - Game will be aired live by CSS. CST will air game at 7 p.m. CT on same day.

% - Summit Arena Court Only.

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