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Mann earns preseason All-Conference honors; Bucs picked seventh in preseason poll

Mann earns preseason All-Conference honors; Bucs picked seventh in preseason poll

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charleston Southern redshirt senior guard Alyssa Mann was selected to the 2016-17 Big South Preseason All-Conference Second Team, announced Tuesday at the league's annual Media Day. The Buccaneers were picked seventh overall in the annual coaches poll announced during the media luncheon.

Mann returns after receiving multiple postseason accolades from the conference office this past season. The Bradenton, Fla. native earned All-Conference Honorable Mention, All-Academic, and All-Tournament honors after leading the Buccaneers women's basketball team to the quarterfinal round of the Big South Championships.

Mann was the lone player in the Big South to sit in the top six in multiple conference statistical categories including points per game (13.7, 4th), assists per game (2.8, 6th) and steals per game (1.8, 5th). She also was among the conference leaders in three-point percentage, field goal percentage, three-pointers per game and minutes per game.

Mann scored 20-plus points in seven different games last season, including a career-high 29 in CSU's 74-64 win over Wofford. She enters the 2016-17 season with 853 career points and will look to become just the 15th player in CSU women's basketball history to join the 1,000 point club.

The Buccaneers return the bulk of the 2015-16 squad that recorded team-highs in both wins (14) and conference wins (8) during the Fred Applin coaching era. CSU advanced to the Big South Championships Quarterfinals after topping Longwood in the first round, before falling to eventual runner-up Liberty.

Charleston Southern opens up the 2016-17 season on the road at West Virginia on November 12. Tipoff between the Bucs and the Mountaineers in Morganton, W.Va. is set for 4 p.m.

The full Big South Conference Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team and Preseason Poll are listed below.

2016-17 Big South Conference Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
First-Team

Chatori Major, UNC Asheville, Sr., G
Erica Williams, Winthrop, Sr., G/F
Kaylah Keys, High Point, Sr., G
Janayla White, Radford, Jr., F
Tianna Knuckles, UNC Asheville, Sr., G

Second-Team
Alyssa Mann, Charleston Southern, R-Sr., G
Taylor Petty, Presbyterian College, Soph., G
Cortney Storey, Presbyterian College, Jr., G
Aianna Kelly, Presbyterian College, Sr., G
Emma Bockrath, High Point, Soph., G

Big South Preseason Poll
Rk           School (first-place votes)               Points

1.            UNC Asheville (8)              97
2.            Radford               78
3.            High Point (1)      76
4.            Liberty (1)            72
5.            Presbyterian College        61
6.            Gardner-Webb   50
7.            Charleston Southern        38
8.            Campbell             36
9.            Longwood           24
10.         Winthrop             18

Note: points are based on a weighted system.  First-place votes received 10 points, followed by 9 points for second-place, and so on.

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