Women's Basketball Picked to Finish 10th in Atlantic 10 Standings
Oct. 24, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Xavier women's basketball team has been picked to finished 10th in the Atlantic 10 standings for the 2012-13 season as announced by the conference office. Senior Jessica Pachko was named to the Preseason All-Conference Second Team in voting by league coaches.
The Musketeers finished in ninth place last season after posting a 5-9 record in Atlantic 10 action. Xavier returns four starters from last year's squad and has added four freshman along with junior Ty O'Neill, a junior college transfer that was sidelined last season after knee surgery.
Pachko is the Musketeers' top returning scorer (10.6 ppg.) and rebounder (8.1 rpg.) and is one of two senior team members this season. Pachko, senior Amber Gray and juniors Shatyra Hawkes and Ashley Wanninger make up the corps of returning starters for XU.
Dayton has been predicted to finish first in the conference this season. The Flyers (23-7/12-2) return six letterwinners from a team that posted the best winning percentage in head coach Jim Jabir's career and won a program-best 12 Atlantic 10 games (12-2) last season. Dayton's incoming freshman class is ranked 31st in the nation and is the top recruiting class in the Atlantic 10 this season.
The 2012-13 season begins on Friday, November 9, as half of the A-10 teams are in action, including Duquesne's appearance in the preseason WNIT. The Dukes will play host to Liberty at 7:00 p.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center. Meanwhile, Richmond hosts Longwood in the Robins Center and Dayton takes on Mississippi Valley State in the Maggie Dixon Classic in Chicago. Rookie head coach Jonathan Tsipis will make his debut as the Colonials host Texas-Arlington, while Temple welcomes Montana to Philadelphia. Saint Louis and first-year head coach Lisa Stone travel to Missouri and Fordham is on the road at in-state rival Albany.
At the conclusion of the regular season on March 3, the top 12 league teams will advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship in Philadelphia. First round action of the event begins on Friday, March 8 at Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena on the campus of Saint Joseph's University, with the top four teams earning a bye. Quarterfinal play continues on Saturday, March 9 in Philadelphia, while the semifinals will air live on CBS Sports Network at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. The championship game, which will be held on Saturday, March 16, will be played at 7:00 p.m. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The A-10's championship finale will mark the first women's collegiate game at the new-state-of-the art arena.
Last year, A-10 Champion Dayton and nationally-ranked St. Bonaventure were among the 64 teams selected to the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship, while Charlotte, Duquesne, Richmond, Saint Joseph's and Temple received invites to the 64-team Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). Additionally, the A-10 closed out the 2011-12 campaign ranked ninth among the 31 Division I Conferences in the final RPI Report, while six league teams finished among the top 100 RPI teams in the country, including St. Bonaventure (14), Dayton (37), Richmond (46), Temple (52), Saint Joseph's (66) and Duquesne (91).
For complete coverage of the 2012-13 Atlantic 10 women's basketball season, please visit the A-10 official website - www.atlantic10.com.