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WACO, Texas – Defending RRAC regular season champion Our Lady of the Lake is again the favorite to win the conference according to conference coaches' voting in the 2015-16 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Women's Basketball Preseason Poll. OLLU captured eight first-place votes to gain a slight edge on last year's RRAC tournament winner, Langston University (Okla.), which picked up the other two.red river conf15

Both OLLU and Langston graduated key players from last year's teams. OLLU lost first-team all-conference selection Courtney Bayliss, and Langston will be without former NAIA Player of the Year, Lynette Holmes. Senior center Sonji Green returns for the Saints, and the Lady Lions will have two senior all-conference returnees in Jewel Rogers and T'Keya Mason.

Wiley is projected to finish third after losing four starters from last year's second-place squad. Senior Kirbi Clark returns, and she will be joined by a number of transfers including Shanovia Gamblin from LSU Shreveport.

Rounding out the top five are LSU Shreveport and LSU Alexandria. Kourtney Pennywell of LSUS won the RRAC Player of the Year award as a sophomore last season after leading the conference in scoring and rebounding. LSUA senior Pearl Paulo was a first-team all-conference selection last year, and she will be joined by two other returning starters for the Lady Generals. St. Thomas was picked to be the final qualifier for the RRAC postseason tournament.

The 2015-16 regular season will tip off on Oct. 29 with conference play beginning on Dec. 3. The RRAC Women's Basketball Tournament will be held at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, on March 3-5.

Voting was conducted by the head coaches in the conference. Results of the poll are shown below with points calculated through a10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 format. First-place votes are shown in parentheses.

1. Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) (8) 97
2. Langston (Okla.) (2) 92
3. Wiley (Texas) 78
4. LSU Shreveport (La.) 73
5. LSU Alexandria (La.) 54
6. St. Thomas (Texas) 46
7. Texas College 36
8. Huston-Tillotson (Texas) 29
9. Jarvis Christian (Texas) 24
10. Southwest (N.M.) 21

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