Jonesboro, AR (A-State) – The Arkansas State women's basketball team was voted to finish seventh in 2016-17 by the Sun Belt Conference coaches as released by the conference Tuesday morning.
Troy was named the preseason favorite by the league coaches after tallying 125 points, including three first-place votes. Little Rock was selected to finish second with 121 points, including five first-place votes, while UT Arlington was picked third with 118 votes and three first place votes.
With 109 points, South Alabama was voted to finish fourth, followed by UL Lafayette (101) and Texas State (81) who finished ahead of the Red Wolves' by a point.
Behind Arkansas State in eighth place was Appalachian State (64), followed by Georgia State (52), Georgia Southern (39), Coastal Carolina (26) and Louisiana-Monroe (20).
Brian Boyer enters his eighteenth season as head coach of the women's program after guiding Arkansas State to two regular season Sun Belt Conference championships in the last three seasons. The team compiled 73 wins during the run, the most in school history over any three-year span, and finished the 2015-16 with the most wins in school history with 27.
The 2016-17 version of the women's basketball team will feature eight freshman who are all expected to contribute. The squad will be led by six returners, including seniors Dominique Oliver and Brittany Fowler. Juniors Lauren Bradshaw, Akasha Westbrook and Ogo Obinabo will also see their roles increase, as will redshirt sophomore Aaliyah Warren.