Women's Basketball Picked to Finish First in Atlantic 10

Senior point gaurd Special Jennings was named to the A-10 Preseason All-Conference Second Team

Senior point gaurd Special Jennings was named to the A-10 Preseason All-Conference Second Team

Oct. 27, 2010

2010-11 A-10 Preseason Poll

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - After capturing its second-straight Atlantic 10 Championship and advancing to its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance under Head Coach Kevin McGuff, Xavier has been tabbed as the team to beat in the A-10 women's basketball race, according to a vote of the league's head coaches. Dayton and Temple, who also made an appearance in last year's NCAA Tournament, round out the top three, respectively.

The Musketeers (30-4/14-0), receiving 12 first-place votes, return four starters among seven letterwinners from a squad that put together one of the best seasons in school history last year. In 2009-10, behind the efforts of A-10 Player of the Year Amber Harris (16.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg) and A-10 Defensive Player of the Year Ta'Shia Phillips (13.9 ppg, 11.7 rpg), Xavier posted 30 wins, went 14-0 in league play, claimed the Conference Championship crown and made an appearance in the Elite Eight.

Both Harris and Phillips - preseason All-Conference First Team picks -- return to the line-up this season, along with classmate and preseason All-Conference Second Team selection Special Jennings (8.4 ppg, 4.4 apg). Phillips was also named to the preseason All-Defensive team. Xavier was the only team to place three players on Preseason All-Conferences teams.

Both Harris and Phillips have started to rack up preseason honors including being named to the 2010-11 preseason Wade Watch for the State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year, Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 list as well as to Sporting News Preseason All-America teams. The duo should prove to be one of the most formidable front court duos in the country this season.



The Musketeers are set to open the 2010-11 season with an exhibition contest against Bellarmine on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at Cintas Center. The regular season is set to kick off on the road at South Carolina on Nov. 12

2010-11 A-10 Predicted Order of Finish (First-Place Votes)
1. Xavier (12)
2. Dayton (2)
3. Temple
4. Charlotte
5. Richmond
6. Duquesne
7. Saint Joseph’s
8. St. Bonaventure
9. George Washington
10. Saint Louis
11. Massachusetts
12. Rhode Island
13. Fordham
14. La Salle