Barton and Belmont Abbey Tied for Top Spot in 2019-20 Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Barton and Belmont Abbey tied for the top spot in the 2019-20 Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll.

The conference office officially unveiled the preseason poll that was chosen by the league’s head coaches on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.

Belmont Abbey received the most first-place votes in the preseason tally with six to accumulate a total of 122 points. Barton tied with the 122 points with three first-place votes, but also six second-place votes and two third-place votes. Belmont Abbey received one fourth-place vote and one fifth-place vote. 

Defending Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Tournament champion Emmanuel was picked third in the poll with a total of 105 points. Emmanuel received two first-place votes. Limestone and King both tied for fourth in the preseason poll with a total of 99. Limestone garnered one first-place vote. 

Mount Olive finished sixth in the preseason poll with a total of 87 followed by Chowan (69) and North Greenville (60). Lees-McRae (52) was tabbed ninth, while Southern Wesleyan (47), Erskine (39) and Converse (23) closed out the voting. 

The 2020 Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will officially start on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 with higher seeded institutions hosting quarterfinal matchups for the right to advance to the semifinals at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The championship games of the 2020 Conference Carolinas Basketball Championships will be held in Spartanburg on Sunday, March 8, 2020. 

2019-20 Women's Basketball Preseason Poll




T1. Belmont Abbey



T1. Barton



3. Emmanuel



T4. Limestone



T4. King



6. Mount Olive



7. Chowan



8. North Greenville



9. Lees-McRae



10. Southern Wesleyan



11. Erskine



12. Converse



Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Players to Watch (Submitted by Conference Carolinas Coaches)

Shanika Peterkin, Jr., C, Virginia Beach, Va. (2018-19 Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year, 2018-19 second team All-Conference Carolinas, 2017-18 Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year) 

Belmont Abbey
Allie Downing, Jr., F, New Madison, Ohio (2018-19 second team All-Conference Carolinas, 2019 All-Tournament, 2017-18 third team All-Conference Carolinas)
Maria Kuhlman, Jr., F, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (2018-19 first team All-Conference Carolinas, 2019 All-Tournament, 2017-18 third team All-Conference Carolinas, 2017-18 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year)
Keyanna Spivey, Jr., F, Rocky Mount, N.C.

Alexis McMillian, So., G, Bishopville, S.C.
Dominique Hill, Sr., G, Elgin, S.C.
Nigeria Davis, Jr., F, Newberry, S.C.

Mariah Coker, Sr., G, Portsmouth, Va.
Olivia Gaither, R-So., G, Fredericksburg, Va. 

Breanna Locke, Jr., P, Flowery Branch, Ga.
Jazmin Allen, So., F, Jefferson, Ga.
Morgan Simmons, Jr., G, Buford, Ga.

Emani Bell, Sr., G, Snellville, Ga.
Alexis Scott, Sr., C, Anderson, S.C. (2017-18 third team All-Conference Carolinas)
Zyria Gay, Sr., F, Anderson, S.C.

Ali Golden, Jr., G, Huntland, Tenn.
Trinity Lee, So., G, Knoxville, Tenn. (2018-19 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year)
Kori West, Sr., C, Shelby, N.C. (2017-18 second team All-Conference Carolinas) 

Destiny Johnson, So., G/F,  Lincolnton, N.C. 
Ava Bethea, Jr., G,  Fuquay Varina, N.C. 
Malikah Meyers, Jr., F, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Schekinah Bimpa, Sr., C, Loganville, Ga. (2018-19 second team All-Conference Carolinas)
Jayla Morrow, Sr., G, Tucker, Ga.
Reagan McCray, R-So., G, Davie, Fla. 

Mount Olive
Azariah Fields, So., G, Wilmington, N.C.
Jada Bacchus, R-Sr., Wilmington, N.C. (2018-19 second team All-Conference Carolinas)

North Greenville
Karen Donehew, Sr., F/G, Knoxville, Tenn. (2018-19 second team All-Conference Carolinas, 2017-18 first team All-Conference Carolinas, 2016-17 second team All-Conference Carolinas, 2016-17 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year)
Peace Okeke, Jr., F, Abache, Nigeria

Southern Wesleyan
Emily Waters, Sr., F/C, Villa Rica, Ga.
Aneysa Williams, Gr., G, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Lisana Burnett, Sr., G, Peekskill, N.Y. 

This is Conference Carolinas

Conference Carolinas has a rich tradition in roots that dates back to its early initial inception on Dec. 6, 1930. The NCAA Division II athletics conference presently has member schools located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Conference Carolinas member institutions are Barton, Belmont Abbey, Chowan, Converse, Emmanuel, Erskine, King, Lees-McRae, Limestone, Mount Olive, North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan. 

Conference Carolinas believes in the development and formation of the whole person in body, mind and soul. Our students are nationally recognized for their extraordinary success in the classroom, in the community and at the highest levels of NCAA competition.

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