ROCK HILL — The Newberry College women’s basketball team has been picked third in the annual South Atlantic Conference Coaches’ Poll, as announced by the league office Thursday.
Newberry holds the No. 3 position with 99 points, finishing ahead of Carson-Newman who rounded out the top four with 86 points. Wingate is picked to finish first in the conference earning 119 points, including nine first place votes. Anderson was in the two spot earning three first place votes and 105 points.
Meg Essex, a sophomore from Australia, was selected to First-Team Preseason All-Conference as voted on by the league’s Sports Information Directors. The center started in 29 games last season averaging 12.5 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, and 2.6 blocks per game. Essex added multiple accolades at the end of last season earning Second-Team All-Conference, a selection to the South Atlantic Conference All-Freshman Team, and being named Freshman of the Year.
Junior Nicola Handreck was selected to Second-Team Preseason All-Conference. The guard, who also hails from Australia, started in 29 games last season and led the Wolves in minutes played. Handreck averaged 12.2 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, 3.7 assists per game, and 1.1 steals per game.
The Wolves will tip off the 2016-17 season on Friday, Nov. 11 as they host the Stokes-Trainor Conference Challenge at Eleazer Arena. Teams set to compete in the Challenge include Belmont Abbey, Coker and Limestone.
This release was provided by Newberry College.