Above photo courtesy of the American Southwest Conference
RICHARDSON, Texas- On Wednesday morning, the ASC released its Preseason Women’s Basketball Poll, and UMHB, the reigning conference tournament champion, was picked to finish fourth.
The Crusaders, coming off a season in which they went 13-8 and defeated ETBU in the ASC Championship game, tallied 174 points and one first-place vote. The poll was voted upon by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.
ETBU took the top spot in the poll, as the Tigers, who posted a 15-0 record in conference play, begin the year ranked No. 2 by D3hoops.com. UT-Dallas was selected to finish No. 2, and Hardin-Simmons No. 3.
ASC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll (Per ascsports.org)
|No.||Team (First-place votes)||Pts.||2020-21 Record (ASC)|
|1.||East Texas Baptist (17)||233||25-1 (15-0)|
|2.||UT Dallas (3)||207||14-3 (9-2)|
|3.||Hardin-Simmons (1)||206||16-5 (11-3)|
|4.||Mary Hardin-Baylor (1)||174||13-8 (7-7)|
|6.||Sul Ross State||121||10-14 (7-5)|
|7.||Howard Payne||117||10-7 (6-3)|
|8.||Concordia Texas||92||2-8 (2-8)|
Additionally, the conference released its Preseason Watch List, which featured three UMHB standouts.
Ashley Faux, a sophomore forward, enters her second season in Belton after averaging 4.8 points per game last year. The Frisco, Texas native was also an ASC West Division All-Freshman Team Selection in 2020-21, adding 1.9 rebounds per game.
Kaitlyn Kollmorgen, also a sophomore, was selected to the Watch List after finishing her freshman season strong, scoring a season-high 15 points in UMHB’s ASC Tournament semifinal win over Hardin-Simmons. She averaged 3.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last year, and was named to the ASC’s West Division All-Freshman team.
Olivia Champion was the third Crusader to earn a spot on the Watch List. The junior guard played in all 21 games a year ago, with 6.7 points and 2.4 rebounds per contest.
UMHB opens its season in Belton on Nov. 6, with an 8 p.m. CT contest against Rhodes.