ROME, Ga.—Agnes Scott College was voted sixth in the USA South West Division by the league's coaches last week. The spot is the Scotties lowest on the preseason poll since their debut season in the conference.
The Scotties made the USA South postseason for the second consecutive year in 2018, but the loss of six of seven starters slid them down in the preseason projections. The Scotties will need to hurdle both Brevard and LaGrange to keep their postseason streak alive.
Agnes Scott will have to rely on a young core to get acclimated quickly to maintain their regular season success in the West. Six new faces were added to the roster over the summer, all but one are first-years and sophomores. Sophomore Jacy Pippin (Atlanta, Ga.) is the lone returner for the Scotties after spending the entire 2017-18 season in the sixth flight.
Piedmont College was picked as the likely repeat winner in the West after returning a majority of its starting lineup from a season ago when they went a perfect 7-0 in conference play. The Lions grabbed seven of a possible nine first-place votes with Huntingdon and Covenant both picking up a top vote. LaGrange was picked as the possible fourth playoff clincher from the West.
Defending conference champion N.C. Wesleyan was picked to win the East.
Agnes Scott opens its season at SAA foe Oglethorpe on February 15.