Sanders Named All-Conference, Mean Green Picked Third

MOBILE, Ala. (10/22/07) With all five starters returning and 10 letterwinners back the North Texas women’s basketball team has been picked to finish third in the West Division of the Sun Belt Conference in the preseason coaches poll. The Mean Green received two first place votes and 62 points in the poll.


Senior Talicia Sanders was named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference third-team for the second consecutive year. Sanders led the Mean Green in blocked shots last season (32) and is one of the most prolific rebounders in the conference. Sanders enters the 2007-08 season with a chance at becoming the all-time leading rebounder in school history.


Four different teams picked up first place votes in the West Division led by UALR. The Trojans were the pick to win the West Division with six-first place votes. Denver was second with three-first place votes followed by North Texas. Arkansas State received two-first place votes and was selected fourth followed by Louisiana-Lafayette fifth, Louisiana-Monroe sixth, and New Orleans seventh.


Western Kentucky is the favorite on the East side as they received nine-first place votes and 74 points. The Lady Toppers are paced by the Preseason Player of the Year Crystal Kelly.


Four-time defending conference champion Middle Tennessee received four-first place votes and was picked to finish second. Florida International was tabbed third followed by South Alabama and Troy, both picked fourth and Florida Atlantic was sixth.


The 2007 Sun Belt Conference Tournament will be hosted by South Alabama March 8-11.


Preseason Coaches Poll

As voted on by all 13 league head coaches

First place votes in parenthesis


East Division                            Points

1. Western Kentucky (9)             74

2. Middle Tennessee (4)             69

3. Florida International                45

T4. South Alabama                    33

T4. Troy                                    33

6. Florida Atlantic                       19


West Division                           Points

1. UALR (6)                               76

2. Denver (3)                              70

3. North Texas (2)                     61

4. Arkansas State (2)                 58

5. Louisiana-Lafayette                48

6. Louisiana-Monroe                   34

7. New Orleans                          17


2007-08 Women’s Preseason All-Sun Belt Team


First Team

Kim Sitzmann (UALR, So., G)

LaQuetta Ferguson (Florida International, Sr., G)

Amber Holt (Middle Tennessee, Sr., F)

Le’Della English (New Orleans, Sr., G)

Crystal Kelly (WKU, Sr. F)


Second Team

Nikya Hughes (UALR, Sr., F/C)

Alisha Godette (Denver, Sr., G)

Onna Charles (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., G)

Amy Lewis (Troy, Sr., G)

Dominique Duck (WKU, Jr. F)


Third Team

Anshel Cooper (UALR, So., G)

Iva Ciglar (Florida International, Jr., G)

LeJeanna Howard (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., G)

Talicia Sanders (North Texas, Sr., F)

Monique Jones (South Alabama, Sr., G)


Preseason Player of the Year - Crystal Kelly (WKU, Sr. F)








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