Tech women selected for seventh place OVC finish

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eastern Illinois has been selected to win the 2007-08 Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball title in a preseason poll of the league's head coaches and sports information directors, while the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are pegged for a seventh place showing.

The Panthers received six first place votes and 149 points while Murray State claimed eight first-place nods and 144 points. Southeast Missouri (129 pts.) and Tennessee State (124 pts.) split the remaining six first-place votes for third and fourth place finishes, respectively. Rounding out the poll were Jacksonville State (88 pts.), Morehead State (86 pts.), Tennessee Tech (66 pts.), Eastern Kentucky (59 pts.), Austin Peay (32 pts.) and UT Martin (26 pts).

2008-09 OVC Women's Basketball Predicted Order of Finish

(Selected by OVC Head Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)

1. Eastern Illinois (Six first-place votes) - 149

2. Murray State (Eight first-place votes) - 144

3. Southeast Missouri (Three first-place votes) -129

4. Tennessee State (Three first-place votes) - 124

5. Jacksonville State - 88

6. Morehead State -83

7. Tennessee Tech - 66

8. Eastern Kentucky - 59

9. Austin Peay -32

10. UT Martin - 26

2008-09 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference
Women's Basketball Team

(Selected by OVC Head Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)


Rachel Galligan, Eastern Illinois* F 6'2 Sr.

Chynna Bozeman, Morehead State# G 5'7 So.

Ashley Hayes, Murray State* G/F 5'10 Sr.

Amber Guffey, Murray State* G 5'8 Sr.

Tarina Nixon, Southeast Missouri# G 5'6 Sr.

Kendra Appling, Tennessee State* G 5'7 Sr.

Obiageli Okafor, Tennessee State* G/F 5'9 Sr.

Sonya Daugherty, Soutehast Missouri G/F 5'7 Sr.

Jolie Efezokhae, Jacksonville State F 6'1 So.

Phyllisha Mitchell, UT Martin F 5'10 Sr.

* - 1st team All-OVC in 2007-08
# - 2nd team All-OVC in 2007-09

Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Ashley Hayes, Murray State