AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) announced its 2013-2014 Predicted Order of Finish and Preseason All-SIAC Basketball Teams for the men and women on Oct. 14. The Lady Lions are predicted to finish fifth in the East Division while the Lions are slated to finish third.
Ashley Watts was named to the Preseason All-SIAC team for the Lady Lions as voted on by the SIAC Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Watts was the 2012-2013 leading scorer for the SIAC and the No. 4 scorer in the nation for all of Division II with 20.4 points per game. The junior also received last season's 2013 SIAC Newcomer of the Year award.
"We have seven returning players and I know that is going to make for some excitement this basketball season," stated women's head basketball coach Willie Adams. "I am looking forward to this season. Ashley earned her place on the Preseason All-SIAC team. She really worked hard on her game this summer and was number one in scoring and in the top five in free throws, assists, three-pointers made and assists to turnover ratio last season in the conference. That's an honor that she has earned and I know that she will prove it."
Defending champion Clark Atlanta is predicted to win the East Division and the conference tournament this season on the women's side.
Kedric Taylor is representing the Paine men's basketball team on the Preseason All-SIAC team as voted on by the SIAC Men's Basketball Coaches Association. Taylor is entering his junior year at Paine and was one of the Lions leaders in assists as a sophomore guard during the 2012-2013 season.
"Kedric has worked hard in the offseason and he has really turned his mindset into becoming a dominant player," said men's basketball head coach Jimmy Link. "He's done everything that he needs to do in the past year and he is definitely deserving of being an all-conference caliber player."
Benedict, the current two-time defending SIAC champions, is predicted to take the crown again this season as they are expected to win the East Division and the conference championship.
The men's basketball team opens their season with a trip to Alabama for two exhibition games on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. On Nov. 1, Paine plays at Auburn and then they take on Talladega College on Nov. 2. Paine's regular season will start on Nov. 8 in the Sunshine State Conference vs. the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tipoff Challenge against Nova Southeastern in Melbourne, Fla. The Lady Lions start their season with an exhibition game against Talladega on Nov. 2. Their regular season starts against Morris College on Nov. 16 at home.
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