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New Orleans, La. (GCAConf.com) – The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference has announced its Preseason Women's Basketball All-GCAC Team along with its choice for preseason player of the year. Selections are made through a vote of the league's coaches.gcac2015 logo

The Xavier Gold Nuggets were the coaches' choice to win the GCAC championship for the 14th time in school history.  Last season Xavier finished second in the conference during the regular season and was GCAC tournament runner-up.

Talladega College guard/forward Tajanee Wells was a near unanimous selection as Preseason Player of the Year, earning six of seven first place votes.

Joining Wells on the Preseason All-GCAC Team are Whitney Gathright (Xavier), Alena Evans (Dillard), Montoria Atkinson (Tougaloo), and Rubyunnia McHenry (Philander Smith).  Wells was last season's GCAC Newcomer of the Year as well as a First Team All-GCAC selection.  Gathright and Evans were also members of the All-GCAC First Team, while Atkinson was last season's Freshman of the Year and a member of the All-GCAC Second Team.

Wells was the only sophomore named to the All-GCAC team and helped Talladega advance to the semifinals of the 2015 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Basketball Championship.  She was also selected to the All-Tournament team.  Wells finished second in the GCAC in scoring (17.1) during the 2014-15 season, was fifth in double-doubles (7), and eighth in rebounding (7.32).

2015-16 GULF COAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

PRESEASON COACHES' POLL

Rank

Team (First Place Votes)

1.

Xavier (4)

2.

SUNO (1)

3.

Dillard (1)

4.

Talladega

5.

Philander Smith (1)

6.

Edward Waters

7.

Tougaloo

  

2015-16 PRESEASON AWARDS

Preseason Player of the Year

Tajanee Wells, Talladega, G/F, 5-8, Jr, Columbus, Ohio

Preseason All-GCAC Team

Name

School

Pos

Ht

Cl

PPG

RPG

Hometown

Tajanee Wells

Talladega

G/F

5-8

Jr

17.4

7.3

Columbus, Ohio

Whitney Gathright

Xavier

G

5-4

Sr

12.8

4.4

New Orleans, La.

Alena Evans

Dillard

F

5-10

Sr

12.4

6.9

Las Vegas, Nev.

Montoria Atkinson

Tougaloo

F

6-0

So

14.4

10.4

Jackson, Miss.

Rubyunnia McHenry

Philander Smith

C

6-3

Sr

2.7

9.6

Strong, Ark.

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school)

Kyeshia Dawkins (Edward Waters), Brittany Leonard (Philander Smith), Rayvin Miller (SUNO), Shakeena Benton (Talladega), Donyeah Mayfield (Xavier)

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